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Familiar face returns to center, takes charge of 76th AMXG

Posted 7/29/2011   Updated 7/29/2011 Email story   Print story

    


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7/29/2011 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  -- Tinker welcomed back a familiar face July 15.

At a change of command ceremony in Bldg. 3001, Lt. Col. Michael "Brad" Tannehill succeeded Col. Doug Cato as the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group commander. Col. Cedric George, 76th Maintenance Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.

Colonel Tannehill formerly served as the U.S. Air Force Headquarters Logistics Career broadener at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center from March 2000 to May 2002. Then, he served as the aide-de-camp to the OC-ALC commander and director from June 2002 to May 2003.

"You've come a long way from that young logistics career broadener to take command of this dedicated and talented team and we expect big things," said Colonel George. "My advice to you is simple: listen, learn and lead. Help this team reach its max potential, and take us to even higher heights. I have every confidence you can do it."

Colonel Tannehill most recently came from Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Preceding his schooling, the colonel served as the Joint Munitions Branch chief for the Director of Logistics on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Colonel Tannehill addressed the Mighty 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group by stating, "You have proven that you are the best of the best in AFMC by winning back to back AF-Level Maintenance Effectiveness Awards. Therefore, we are no longer competing against the other ALCs; we are competing with ourselves. The fact remains that we are not even close to reaching our full potential."

"Bottom line upfront, you are already maintenance STARS in the eyes of Air Force leadership. Throughput is increasing and work in progress is decreasing...we must stay the course but realize that we have the potential to progress from maintenance stars to MAINTENANCE SUPERSTARS in the eyes of the world by increasing our capacity and competitiveness. In other words, I'm talking about raising the bar to a 'Whole Nother Level!'"

"Therefore my focus for the Group is simple...we will reach for the STARS in Safety, Training, Attitude, Readiness, and Standards."

"So what does this all mean? Here's my expectations: We will Safely deliver our aircraft with speed and quality by maximizing the right timing, the right training, the right equipment, and the right attitude to get the job done right the first time!"
Following the change-of-command ceremony, Maj. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, special assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided over a retirement ceremony for Colonel Cato.

"I am honored to have commanded the largest aircraft maintenance group in the Air Force ... I've had the pleasure of working with some really great Americans who are here in the audience today," said Colonel Cato. "Two years ago on this stage, General Litchfield, former 76th MXW commander, gave me a challenge - increase speed and quality. That's all I needed to do. Sure enough, Sir, challenge accepted and challenge met."

Colonel George agreed.

"You challenged this team, Doug, to 'do,' not 'try,'" Colonel George said. "They did. The results are incredible. Over the last two years, this team has driven speed and quality up by 18 percent, and work-in-progress down 8 percent, and delivered eight more KC-135s to the warfighter than you did last year. You've set this team on a pathway that will catapult us as we finish fiscal 2011 production, and go forward into fiscal 2012. Your team is doing, not just trying. Well done!"



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