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AF leader cites high value of AFSC

Theresa Farris, director of the 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, briefs The Honorable Lisa Disbrow, the Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force and the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, (center), and The Honorable William LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) (far right), about Tinker's KC-135 programmed depot maintenance program and how utilizing the AFSC Way enables the squadron to deliver combat power to warfighter faster, with higher quality and at less cost than ever before.   Pictured, from left are, Air Force Sustainment Center Commander, Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II; Jerold Smith, Legacy Tanker Chief Engineer; Janis Wood, 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group deputy director; Kevin O'Connor, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex vice director; Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex Commander, Brig. Gen. Mark Johnson; Col. William Liquori, Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force; and Lt. Col. Aaron Weiner, Military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition). U.S. Air Force photo by Kelly White

Theresa Farris, director of the 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, briefs the Honorable Lisa Disbrow, Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (center), and the Honorable William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) (far right), about Tinker's KC-135 programmed depot maintenance program and how utilizing the AFSC Way enables the squadron to deliver combat power to warfighter faster, with higher quality and at less cost than ever before. Pictured, from left are Air Force Sustainment Center Commander Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II; Jerold Smith, Legacy Tanker Chief Engineer; Janis Wood, 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group deputy director; Kevin O'Connor, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex vice director; Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex Commander Brig. Gen. Mark Johnson; Col. William Liquori, Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force; and Lt. Col. Aaron Weiner, military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition). (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White)

David Deal, with the 551st Commodities Maintenance Squadron, briefs the Honorable William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisitions) (far left), and The Honorable Lisa Disbrow, the Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force and the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (center), on how modular flow has increased cost-effective readiness in the B-52 Wrap Cowls shop.  The two senior leaders visited several Oklahoma Air Logistics Complex work centers as part of the visit to the AFSC here on Monday. U.S. Air Force photo by Kelly White.

David Deal, with the 551st Commodities Maintenance Squadron, briefs the Honorable William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisitions) (far left), and the Honorable Lisa Disbrow, Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (center), on how modular flow has increased cost-effective readiness in the B-52 Wrap Cowls shop. The two senior leaders visited several Oklahoma Air Logistics Complex work centers as part of the visit to AFSC here on June 29, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White)

TINKER Air Force Base, Oklahoma -- The Air Force leader responsible for efficient and effective management of Air Force resources cited the high value of the Air Force Sustainment Center during a visit here Monday.

The Honorable Lisa Disbrow, Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force and the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, praised the work being done by AFSC units here as role models for the Air Force.

Speaking at a community hosted luncheon, Under Secretary Disbow noted that while the Air Force continues to get smaller it remains very capable and that the AFSC units at Tinker are key components of that capability.

"The great Airmen at Tinker are doing really important work ... they are enthusiastic about what they are doing and they understand the importance of what they are doing for the Air Force."

Under Secretary Disbrow, who was accompanied on the visit by the Honorable William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), also cited the support Tinker receives from the community.

"None of the success at Tinker would be happening without your support," the Under Secretary told the gathering of local civic and business leaders, state and community elected officials, staff members representing Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation and aerospace industry partners.

"You've really done innovative things," she said, referencing the community's recent work to help Tinker acquire nearly $90 million in needed property for Tinker's current and future sustainment and logistics programs.  "These are the kind of things we are looking for across the board. We are looking for ways to partner with the communities.  Whether it's sharing a library, a community pool or doing something innovative with real estate that actually helps us be more productive."

During the visit Under Secretary Disbrow and Assistant Secretary LaPlante were briefed on the AFSC Way, an Air Force Sustainment Center program designed to continuously improve the center's ability to deliver combat power faster, with higher quality and at less cost; then shown several activities where the AFSC Way is producing exceptional results.

These included looks at several Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex operations, including: F-135 engine program, KC-135 Stratotanker depot maintenance, software development, B-52 cowling shop and work on a vital upgrade to the E-3 Sentry.  The two senior leaders were also provided an update on the progress here to build a KC-46A Depot Maintenance Campus in time for the new tanker's projected delivery for depot maintenance in 2018.