I'm truly honored and excited to have been appointed as the commander of Air Force Materiel Command. This week's change of command ceremony was tremendous and the National Museum of the United States Air Force, here at Wright Patterson AFB, was the perfect venue for it. I want to add, again, my thanks to Gen. Don Hoffman for his leadership and untiring commitment to AFMC, the Air Force, and most importantly, the warfighter. His contributions during these last four years as the AFMC Commander will have long-lasting positive impacts. We celebrate almost 40 years of service and dedication of this great American and his family as they move on to the next chapter of their lives. I know you will join me in wishing them all the best.
Being back at AFMC is like "coming home," and we are already hard at work!
This is an exciting time to be in AFMC. On July 1 we will mark a historic milestone as we celebrate AFMC's 20th year as a MAJCOM. Also significant is our on-going transition to the 5-Center Construct, better aligning the organization to our core mission areas. We will continue to strengthen the AFMC role in the nuclear enterprise through our Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. We will provide the science and technology for research and development through our Air Force Research Laboratory to advance today's and tomorrow's combat capabilities. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center will enable the acquisition of war winning capabilities with a cradle-to-grave life cycle focus. The Air Force Test Center will be involved throughout development to validate and improve capabilities by performing world-class test and evaluation. Our Air Force Sustainment Center will sustain Air Force critical capabilities through world-class depot maintenance and supply.
No doubt these are challenging times -- international conflicts, the on-going war in Afghanistan, budget constraints, and changes in the Department of Defense, Air Force and AFMC. The reality is there are always challenges to face and some level of uncertainty and risk in everything we do. I know the men and women of AFMC and the level of commitment each of you has to our Air Force and to the warfighter; and I know you are up to the challenge. I ask you all to keep focused on the mission, to do the absolute best job you can, to take care of those around you, and to be a leader .... at every level. The AFMC mission is successful only if each of you is successful each day in your part of that mission.
Thank you for all you contribute to this command and our Air Force. I look forward to meeting you as I travel throughout the command.