New 747th ACSG commander excited to be part of Team Tinker

Col. Keith Weyenberg talks to the 747th Aircraft Sustainment Group July 24, moments after assuming leadership of the group during a traditional ceremony at the base theater. (Air Force photo by Dave Faytinger)

Col. Keith Weyenberg talks to the 747th Aircraft Sustainment Group July 24, moments after assuming leadership of the group during a traditional ceremony at the base theater. (Air Force photo by Dave Faytinger)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE -- Col. Keith Weyenberg, a career acquisitions officer, said he is excited to lead the 747th Aircraft Sustainment Group.
   Since assuming command of the group July 24, the colonel said he has several goals he'd like to accomplish and has a plan for action. Among the top of his list is stabilizing the utilization rates of aircraft and weapons systems. He said the increased rates have affected mission capable rates and aircraft rates.
   "Once we have those stabilized, we'll try to improve those rates and make sure we get them in the 'green range,' the acceptable range for the warfighters to ensure they have the aircraft and weapons systems available when they need them to continue to fight that war," Col. Weyenberg said.
   To achieve his goal, the colonel said he will rely on process improvements within the group, and supporting the base and wing activities. The colonel also said because of all the military downsizing, he will also have to make sure there is a balance with his people, to make sure "the right person is doing the right job."
   "Our mission is vitally important to our warfighters and our current war-time mission," Col. Weyenberg said. "The sustainment activities that we provide to the aircraft (such as) keeping the aircraft available to our warfighters so they have the tools they need to support the war on terrorism and supporting our troops over in Iraq is necessary to help keep our folks out of harm's way."
   Though his experience is primarily in acquisitions, Col. Weyenberg also has familiarity in test and program management, aircraft development, production and sustainment. In his 24-year career, he has completed 14 assignments, of which several were at Air Force Materiel Command Headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the Pentagon.
   Prior to assuming command of the 747th ACSG, the colonel was director of the Product Assurance Division at the Defense Contract Management Agency Headquarters in Springfield, Va.
   Col. Weyenberg entered the Air Force in 1983 and was commissioned from Officer Training School shortly thereafter.