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AFSC commander visits Robins

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga -- Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield recently made his first official visit to Robins as commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

During a Sept. 25 press conference, he said the visit was important in helping him understand how he can best support the base's mission and the people working to accomplish it.

"This will be one of many trips I will make here in the foreseeable future," Litchfield said. "Robins is a strategic asset for the United States Air Force - it's an important base, and I have to make sure I understand what we need to be successful in what we do."

Robins became part of the AFSC in July when the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center was re-designated a complex. The restructure was a major part of AFMC's response to a congressional challenge to find efficiencies and save tax dollars. Litchfield said thus far it has been successful.

"I can say unequivocally we are operating more effectively today than we were before we stood up," he said. "For the first time we're all talking the same language; we're all executing under a similar leadership model; we're all operating under the same scientific principles and production capabilities at all three of our strategic bases. It's really remarkable to see that in such a short time."

The general's visit to Robins was a homecoming of sorts, as Litchfield's first duty assignment in 1981 was as an electronic warfare integrated systems manager at the WR-ALC.

"When I go through the software facility now, it's impressive," he said. "What Robins does in terms of software programming; software upgrade efforts; the talented people we have here and the infrastructure we have to support them, it's some of the best we have in the Air Force. I look at it with great pride seeing how far we've come since I was first assigned here."

Litchfield said he looks forward to returning to Robins in about five weeks.

"For a lot of reasons I love it here," the general said. "It's got a great mission and great people, and the community support absolutely couldn't be better. What you have going on here is special, and I want to be a part of it."