Alsup named 448th SCMW director
By Mike W. Ray , Tinker Public Affairs
/ Published March 15, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --
Steven K. Alsup was promoted to director of the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing, and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service, during a special ceremony March 8.
The SES constitutes less than 1 percent of the total civilian workforce in the Air Force, said Ross Marshall, executive director of the Air Force Sustainment Center, whose headquarters is based at Tinker AFB. The SES is the keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and was designed to be a corps of executives, men and women alike, selected for their leadership qualifications. Consequently, Mr. Marshall told Mr. Alsup, "You will play an important role in shaping America's workforce."
Mr. Marshall noted Mr. Alsup's "breadth of experience," and recalled that Mr. Alsup, during his job interview, said he would "be able to serve whenever and wherever" he might be needed. "We have the utmost confidence in you," Mr. Marshall said. "You'll do a great job."
After being administered the oath of office by Mr. Marshall, Mr. Alsup's wife, Lisa, pinned an insignia on her husband's jacket, and he received a commemorative plaque from Mr. Marshall, along with an SES flag.
Mr. Alsup succeeds Gilbert Montoya, who was the 448th SCMW director until his promotion to director of the Logistics Directorate in the Air Force Sustainment Center last year. During the interim, from July 2012 until Mr. Alsup's installment March 8, Col. Tim Henke, vice director of the 448th, served as the acting director.
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, the AFSC commander, congratulated Mr. Alsup for "what you did to get here today, and what you're about to do" as the new 448 SCMW director.
The general also praised Colonel Henke for tripling the accuracy rate in the 448th SCMW, from 19 percent to 58 percent, and challenged Mr. Alsup to double that rate over the next 12 months.
"Extraordinary teamwork got me here," Mr. Alsup said, and asserted that teamwork is "the hallmark of the Air Force culture."
Mr. Alsup previously was deputy director of the Commodities Maintenance Group, OC-ALC. His career also included a stint as weapon system supply chain manager for the A-10 aircraft; acquisition logistics and program management experience on Air Force Space Command systems; staff experience at HQ AFSPC, HQ Air Force and HQ Air Combat Command; deputy of the Logistics Readiness Division, Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley AFB; and as a member of the Air Force Logistics Readiness Board.
The 448 SCMW spans 62 locations and is a cutting edge "virtual wing" comprised of 2,700 personnel at four bases. The wing's four groups are the 948th SCMG at Tinker AFB, responsible for enterprise policy and processes and execution; the 848th SCMG at Tinker, requirements planning and execution; the 748th SCMG at Hill AFB, Utah, requirements planning and execution; and the 638th SCMG at Robins AFB, Ga., requirements planning and execution.