AFLCMC director of logistics visits Tinker

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s director of logistics recently told dozens of AFLCMC professionals at Tinker AFB that their jobs are vital to our nation’s defense.


Cynthia Abbott, a Senior Executive Service member based at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, delivered an overview Nov. 2 in Fannin Hall about how the AFLCMC is addressing a wide range of challenges and the solutions in the works to address them.


“In your programs, you’re the key to executing our mission and our warfighters look to us, especially in logistics, to make sure we have the things they need out there for them,” Ms. Abbott said. “Whether we’re doing a modification or bringing on a new capability, they’re counting on us to help them and make their life as easy as possible once we get the equipment out there.”


Ms. Abbott oversees life cycle logistics and product support management for approximately 400 weapon system programs spread across more than 75 locations. The AFLCMC employs about 3,800 life cycle logisticians.


The director said the LCMC’s challenges include meeting the requirements of the Financial Improvement and Readiness plan. The initiative seeks to improve how Defense Department agencies track government property and finances.


Ms. Abbott said her offices and personnel are glad to help LCMC programs with any problems and to help smooth out and explain any new procedures that may be required of them.


“We’re here to help you and try to make sure we have the information that you need,” she said.


After the presentation, Ms. Abbott said visiting sites and meeting logisticians away from AFLCMC headquarters in Ohio is invaluable.


“Since we’re not located together, communication is a challenge,” Ms. Abbott said. “When you come out here, and you can see the people face to face and sit down with them, you learn a lot. I think it’s very important.”