WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Anthony “Tony” W. Everidge, a newly appointed member of the Senior Executive Service, has been named executive director of the Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Everidge’s SES induction ceremony was held June 5 in a conference room in Bldg. 1, Area A.
AFICC is responsible for managing and executing operational acquisition solutions, across the Air Force enterprise.
In his new capacity, Everidge will assist Brig. Gen. Alice W. Trevino, AFICC commander, who leads more than 750 operational acquisition professionals responsible for a $55 billion contract portfolio. Trevino directs enterprise-wide installation strategic sourcing efforts for the Air Force and oversees $9.1 billion in annual obligations in mission and installation requirements.
“It’s humbling and an honor,” Everidge said of his new position. “You look back and remember all the people over the years who helped and mentored you. It’s a credit to them as well. When you rise to a position at this level, you were helped and lifted up by a lot of people. I look at it as a team and an Air Force achievement rather than an individual achievement.”
He said he wants to encourage other supervisors and leaders to reach out to employees and give them great opportunities to “exceed and excel” so they can grow in their career to whatever level aspire to.
Part of the AFICC mission has been focused on workforce development and training.
“We’re working along with SAF/AQC (Air Force Acquisition), which is trying to create mission-focused business leaders within Air Force contracting,” he said. “It’s training, it’s getting people different development opportunities and experiences so they know the business and the contracting side, but they’ll also be laser-focused on the mission so we can execute the AFICC and the Air Force mission to support our warfighters.”
Everidge said his initial priorities are to learn how best to support Trevino and reach out to AFICC’s multiple operating locations and enterprise sourcing squadrons to discern how he can best support them.
Going forward, he intends to concentrate with his team on the AFICC “flight plan” of key objectives and results-oriented goals.
“Gen. Trevino’s goal and my goal is that everybody at every level of the organization at least has an understanding and an awareness of the flight plan and what it means to them in their job,” Everidge said. “We want to make sure that the flight plan permeates all levels of the organization so we can get the buy-in we need to make it succeed.”
Everidge has more than 30 years of Air Force acquisition experience, including serving on the staff at the AFMC Contracting Directorate and as AFICC’s acting executive director. Prior to that, he served as AFICC’s director of personnel and resources. A Springfield native, he began his employment at Wright-Patt as a GS-7 contract negotiator in the Materials and Manufacturing Division of Aeronautical Systems Division.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Urbana University and a Master of Science degree in Economics from Wright State University, and completed Air War College.
Everidge has received numerous awards, including the Department of Defense Award for Excellence, the AFMC Outstanding Contracting Award for Science and Technology, and the Secretary of the Air Force Civilian Achievement Award.
He said he is especially proud of the team award won when he set up the Air Force Research Laboratory’s alignment with the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. IARPA is basically a research arm for the intelligence world, he added.
“Our Advanced Contracting Division at AFRL won that award in our year of supporting them. That was a group effort of about 25 people working really closely together as a team,” Everidge recalled. “To me, the entire team being recognized has always been what matters to me.”