AFMC Commander Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger offered the projection last week and said “results oriented measurements” would be used to guide the command toward achieving full operational capability by next summer.
The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, headquartered command – the parent agency for Robins Air Force Base – announced the reorganization last November. Since that time, the command’s 12 centers have been reduced to five, including the elimination of air logistics centers at Robins and at similar installations in Oklahoma and Utah.
Robins lost its two-star, major general command slot in the move and senior base officials on base now report separately to newly created three-star command positions in Oklahoma and Ohio, The 402nd Maintenance Wing, the industrial heart of Robins, was redesignated the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commanded by a one-star, brigadier general.
Wolfenbarger said the transition – promising savings of $109 million annually – has been deliberate and carefully planned.
“We have spent many months working through very deliberate phases of planning, implementation and transition with an ever-present goal of providing more efficient and effective support to the warfighter,” the general is quoted in an AFMC press release.
She said the metrics used to evaluate how well the command is delivering war-winning capabilities will be results oriented.
“We are going to measure productivity, not simply activity,” Wolfenbarger stressed.
According to the AFMC statement, centers have already reported early successes following the organizational transition:.
- Air Force Research Laboratory consolidated its air vehicles and propulsion directorates into a single aerospace systems directorate, saving $4.2 million annually and improving mission effectiveness by promoting integrated solutions to warfighter needs.
- The realignment of all activity associated with a single weapon system to a single program manager in the newly established Air Force Lifecycle Management Center has yielded a more integrated acquisition and sustainment execution process.
- The new Air Force Sustainment Center has promoted a more enterprise view across the agency’s three air logistics complexes.
- At the Air Force Test Center, subordinate units have teamed to share resources rather than develop independent, competing capabilities.
- The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center has aligned Air Force and Navy programs to better leverage technologies and components for the intercontinental ballistic missile fuse modernization.
“I can unequivocally say that we are operating more effectively today than we were two months ago,” the AFMC commander noted.
Brig. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the AFTC commander, said the reorganization has already allowed officials to do things that as captains and majors we wanted to do but couldn’t.
“I am already seeing more communications across the sites and sharing of resources with a test enterprise focus,” Bunch is quoted in the AFMC press release. “I am extremely pleased with the merger of the test and air base wings. Some of the barriers between the support and test teams have been broken down with everyone now focused on a single mission.”