Maj. Gen. Reno takes command of OC-ALC

Tinker Air Force Base --    Maj. Gen. Loren M. Reno said his five basic concepts for success as the newly named Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center commander are: supporting the warfighter, stewardship, suppliers, safety and quality and teamwork.
   Gen. Reno detailed his keys to success before approximately 1,500 Airmen, civilians, friends and family during a change of command ceremony May 30 in Bldg. 3001, Dock 5 ½, where he took over the reins of leadership torch from the previous director, Robert J. Conner.
   "This is where my head is, this is where my heart is," Gen. Reno said regarding his focus areas and new responsibilities. "I value all our people...I ask for your help to serve as Wingmen with me as together we take care of this great Air Force family.
   "We are one enterprise," the general said. "We will deliver war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter...on time and on cost."
   Shortly after assuming command, Gen. Reno said, "You'll hear me talk a lot about becoming 'better' because that sums up where I plan for us to go from here."
   "My thoughts are that together we commit to give the warfighters what they need and the taxpayers what they deserve," the general said. "We will continue to sharpen the sword for our great warfighters."
   Gen. Reno, who comes to Tinker having served as the Vice Director of the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va., brings more than 30 years of leadership and logistics experience to the position.
   Since receiving his commission in 1974, the general has completed 17 assignments. Gen. Reno formerly served at the OC-ALC from February 1998 to June 2002 as Tinker Air Force Base Director of Technology and Industrial Support, Director of Propulsion, and Vice Commander.
   Mr. Conner has served as the OC-ALC director since August 2005. In his 32-year career, he completed 14 assignments, five of which were at Tinker. His retirement became effective after the ceremony.
   "For the people of this center, the only word I have is 'awesome'," Mr. Conner said. "When I first arrived here in 1993, your reputation led me to believe this was the best air logistics center in the Air Force.
   "Your performance over the last 14 years has confirmed that and more," Mr. Conner said. "I can't thank you enough for what you've done."
   Following the change of command ceremony, Mr. Conner, a member of the Senior Executive Service, received several certificates and letters of appreciation for his years of civil service.
   Mr. Conner made history in August 2005 when he became the first-ever civilian director of the largest air logistics center in the Air Force.
   "Bob, you've done a magnificent job as the director of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center," said Gen. Bruce Carlson, AFMC commander, who presided over the ceremony. "On behalf of the Air Force Materiel Command, I want to say 'Thank you for your career and a job well done.'"
   "As the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center moves forward in (Air Force Materiel Command), I want to assure you that you are in good hands with Major General Loren Reno, who is absolutely the right guy for the job," Gen. Carlson added. "I think General Reno will fit perfectly here at Team Tinker."