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Tinker to see several senior leadership changes coming soon

Posted 4/1/2011   Updated 4/1/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Brandice J. O'Brien
Tinker Public Affairs


4/1/2011 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  -- In the upcoming months, Tinker will see significant personnel changes. At least six senior leaders from the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center and the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing will move on to their next assignment or retire.

"The amazing part about our Air Force is the depth of talent and ability to find the right person for the tough challenges we face," said Maj. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, 76th Maintenance Wing commander. "As the 76th MXW turns over key leadership positions, we'll lose a great deal of valuable experience, but at the same time we have the opportunity to move extraordinary leaders from within the wing to higher-level positions as well as bring in leaders with fresh ideas from outside of Tinker.

"The viability of any organization depends on balancing growth opportunities from within the organization while having the imperative to recruit from the outside," the general said. "I believe the series of moves this spring and summer has the right balance and will position us well for the future."

Col. Cedric D. George, special assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., will become the 76th Maintenance Wing commander, effective upon assumption of duties.

Maj. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, 76th MXW commander, will remain at Tinker and become the special assistant to the Air Force Materiel Commander.

Kevin G. O'Connor, 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group deputy director will become the 76th MXW vice director, effective March 27.

Richard V. Howie, 76th Maintenance Wing deputy director, will become the OC-ALC Plans and Programs director, effective upon the assumption of duties.

Col. Steven J. Bleymaier, commander of the 20th Maintenance Group for the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., will become the OC-ALC vice commander. He will report no later than May 23.

Col. Evan M. Miller, OC-ALC vice commander, will become the 402nd Maintenance Wing commander at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga., effective upon assumption of duties.

Col. Michael B. Tannehill, a student at Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., will become the 76th AMXG commander. He will report no later than July 5.

Col. Tim V. Henke, director of Logistics at U.S. Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., will become the 448th SCMW vice director. He will report no later than May 31.

Col. Raymone G. Mijares, deputy branch chief and logistics management officer at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, will become the 848th Supply Chain Management Group commander. He will report no later than June 30.

"The arrival of Cols. Tim Henke and Raymone Mijares is exciting; two great Air Force officers are ready and reliable," said Gilbert Montoya, 448th SCMW director. "The challenges ahead the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing face is important and I am marveled at the legacy thus far with the wing and this organization is better for having great people."

Col. Joseph M. Pinckney Jr., 448th SCMW vice director, will retire effective Aug. 1.

Col. Luis E. Rosa-Berrios, 848th SCMG commander, will retire effective July 1.

"Saying goodbye to two great leaders is very hard," Mr. Montoya said. "They've meant a great deal to me personally and professionally. Both Joe and Luis have made a difference here; in our policies and practices, in our bottom-line, in the lives and support to the warfighter and each of us here in the wing. We are deeply committed and we owe them a debt of gratitude."



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