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AFPC: Then and Now

AFPC graphic-verticalThe Air Force Military Personnel Center was established April 1, 1963, as a Headquarters Air Force field extension of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, and in 1971 became a separate operating agency. Its name was changed to the Air Force Manpower and Personnel Center in 1978, when the Air Force integrated the manpower and personnel functions at U.S. Air Force Headquarters level.

In October 1985, the manpower function was realigned and separated from personnel. This resulted in the center being renamed the Air Force Military Personnel Center, Jan. 1, 1986. The center became a field operating agency Feb. 5, 1991.

The Air Force Personnel Center was formed during a consolidation of the Air Force Military Personnel Center and Air Force Civilian Personnel Management Center, Oct. 1, 1995.

The former Civilian Personnel Operations was established on July 1, 1976, and was a direct reporting unit of the Air Force Directorate of Civilian Personnel until Feb. 5, 1991, when it was renamed the Air Force Civilian Personnel Management Center and became a field operating agency. It became a directorate within the Air Force Personnel Center Oct. 1, 1995.

On Aug. 29, 2006, the Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center, Langley Air Force Base, Va., became a direct reporting unit of the Personnel Center. AEFC became AFPC's most recent directorate when the Directorate of AEF Operations stood up Oct. 1, 2007.
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Air Force Personnel Center Emblem

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Significance:
Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The lightning flash indicates speed and power. The globe and orbit describes the global nature of the mission. The Airman standing on the orbit shows the center's primary concern.
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Dixon Hall dedication plaque
Dixon Hall: The story behind a building dedication
Building 499, the Air Force Personnel Center, was renamed Dixon Hall in honor of Gen. Robert J. Dixon in October, 2005.

Regarded throughout the personnel community as the father of modern personnel, General Dixon served as commander of AFPC's forerunner, the Air Force Military Personnel Center here from July, 1967 to July, 1969.

"General Dixon is the perfect choice for the dedication of this building," said Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC commander at the time. "As the Air Force's highest ranking personnel officer, he guided the Air Force through the difficult closing years of the Vietnam War and the volatile social times of that era."

General Dixon went on to become the Air Force deputy chief of staff for personnel from August, 1970 to October, 1973. While there, he led many significant milestones that affected Airmen of all ranks such as the Air Force graduating its first women from the Reserve Officer Training Corps. The general also oversaw the implementation of the Community College of the Air Force. 

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