News>Ogden ALC becomes a complex, joins Air Force Sustainment Center, mission work remains at Hill
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., officially designates Brig. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr. as the commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah July 12. The complex’s consolidation with the Air Force Sustainment Center is part of an Air Force Materiel Command effort that reduces the command’s number of centers from 12 to five. (U.S. Air Force photo/Todd Cromar)
Brig. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr. speaks during the Ogden Air Logistics Center re-designation ceremony at Hill Air Force Base, Utah July 12. Baker assumed command of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex during the same ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Alex Lloyd)
7/14/2012 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The Ogden Air Logistics Center was re-designated a complex and became part of the Air Force Sustainment Center during a ceremony here July 12.
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, officiated the ceremony.
The re-designation as an air logistics complex and consolidation with the AFSC is part of an AFMC effort that reduces the command's number of centers from 12 to five. Announced in November 2011, it is a major part of AFMC's response to a Congressional challenge to find efficiencies and save tax dollars. By consolidating overhead, the command will improve the way it accomplishes its mission, ultimately providing better support to the warfighter. The restructure will standardize processes and save about $109 million annually.
"Hill AFB and its people will continue to be critical to AFMC achieving its mission of providing warfighter support," Wolfenbarger said. "The work done here is important not only to the AFMC mission, but to the greater Air Force mission as well."
The air logistics complex's mission capabilities will continue at Hill, but without added layers of management overhead. It will report to the AFSC at Tinker AFB, Okla. The existing program offices at Hill are now aligned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The consolidation is focused on making the command more efficient while ensuring each AFMC location maintains core mission functions.
"I'm extremely excited about this historical change and all the opportunities," said Brig. Gen. H. Brent Baker, Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander. "Within the Air Force Sustainment Center and the Complex, I see the restructuring as a natural progression for both maintenance and supply as it pulls both disciplines into perfect alignment with supply-chain industry leaders."
"The greatest benefit - this new structure only accelerates us down the current path to even greater heights and most importantly ensures the warfighter receives the best support ever," Baker said.
Establishment of the AFSC at Tinker, the AFLCMC at Wright-Patterson, along with the re-designation of the Air Force Test Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., are the first major steps of a transition phase during which center frameworks will be built and units will be assigned, leading up to initial operational capability on Oct. 1. Full operational capability is planned for mid-2013.
The sustainment, life cycle management and test centers will be joined by the present Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M., to complete AFMC's five-center line-up.