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Warner Robins Air Logistics Center re-designated a complex

Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George talks with media prior to the ceremony for the standup of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex July 17.  (U. S. Air Force photo/Sue Sapp)

Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George talks with media prior to the ceremony for the standup of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex July 17. (U. S. Air Force photo/Sue Sapp)

Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George, right, accepts command of the Warner Robins Air Logistic Complex from Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center July 17.  (U. S. Air Force photo/Sue Sapp)

Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George, right, accepts command of the Warner Robins Air Logistic Complex from Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center July 17. (U. S. Air Force photo/Sue Sapp)

Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George, right, accepts command of the Warner Robins Air Logistic Complex from Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center July 17.  (U. S. Air Force photo/Sue Sapp)

Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George, right, accepts command of the Warner Robins Air Logistic Complex from Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center July 17. (U. S. Air Force photo/Sue Sapp)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --  The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center was re-designated a complex and became part of the Air Force Sustainment Center during a ceremony here Tuesday.

Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command commander, 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, it's 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.

"Robins Air Force Base 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."

The ALC's mission capabilities will continue here, but without added layers of management overhead. The complex will report to the AFSC at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The existing program offices at Robins are now aligned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The consolidation is focused on making the command more efficient while ensuring each location maintains core mission functions.

During a press conference prior to the ceremony, the incoming complex commander was quick to speak of community support and the workforce's continued dedication.

"This community bleeds red, white and blue, no question," said Brig. Gen. Cedric George. "I look forward to becoming a part of this family and continuing the great work that has been done here. When the nation needs work done, we want them to turn to Robins without question. We will continue the excellence in maintenance ... done here over the last seven decades."

Establishment of the AFSC at Tinker, the AFLCMC at Wright-Patterson, along with the re-designation of the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, 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 Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., to complete AFMC's five-center line-up.