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Air Force Sustainment Center’s change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021.

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of Air Force Materiel Command, speaks during the Air Force Sustainment Center’s change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021. Headquartered at Tinker AFB, AFSC is responsible for the sustainment of nearly every weapons system in the Air Force inventory, and has logistics complexes throughout the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Leyinzca Bihlajama)

Air Force Sustainment Center’s change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021.

Lt. Gen. Tom D. Miller speaks for the first time as Air Force Sustainment Center commander during a change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021. Miller previously was the director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection for Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

Air Force Sustainment Center’s change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021.

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of Air Force Materiel Command, left, holds the Air Force Sustainment Center provisional flag with Lt. Gen. Tom D. Miller, right, during a change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021. As the AFSC Commander, Miller leads 40,000 total force Airmen around the globe, divided into three air logistics complexes, three air base wings, and two supply chain wings—operating from a global network of 26 locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

Air Force Sustainment Center’s change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021.

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of Air Force Materiel Command, left, holds the Air Force Sustainment Center provisional flag with Lt. Gen. Gene E. Kirkland, right, during a change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021. Kirkland is retiring after more than 33 years of active service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

Air Force Sustainment Center’s change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021.

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, center, and Lt. Gen Tom D. Miller, incoming Air Force Sustainment Center commander, right, listen as Lt. Gen. Gene E. Kirkland, left, speaks for the last time as AFSC commander during a change of command ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 17, 2021. The mission of AFSC is to sustain weapon system readiness to generate airpower for America. The center provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through world-class depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla --

“Sir, I assume command.” With those four words, Lt. Gen. Tom Miller became the new commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center during an Aug. 17 ceremony held in Bldg. 3001 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

“When you look at Tom’s background and experiences, it is easy to see why he is here today,” said Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., commander, Air Force Materiel Command, and presiding official of the ceremony. “He has excelled everywhere we have put him.”

Having served previously as the deputy commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, the vice commander of the center and the commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, Miller is experienced in sustainment center operations and the Art of the Possible methodology used within the center to create efficiencies and eliminate constraints.

“The mission of this center is vital to our nation. I don’t have to convince the team that is gathered here of that,” Miller said. “It is not hard to imagine we live in a very complex world, and it’s changing. When Chief of Staff General Brown talks about accelerate change or lose, he is talking about us; about a burning platform for change.”

Miller stressed the importance of working effectively with other government entities, industry partners and local communities to ensure the nation’s weapons systems are cost-effectively sustained. 

“It will take all the know-how and knowledge and dedication that you’ve already shown doubled over to be successful in competition to avoid a conflict,” he said. Taking care of the resources that we’re entrusted with in the Air Force Sustainment Center will have everything to do with how much readiness our nation has.”

The leadership skills Miller possesses are exactly what he looks for in a leader, Bunch said.

“He is technically competent. He is extremely calm under pressure. He is a true team builder and communicator, and he is a servant leader who will always go the extra mile for our Airmen and their families,” Bunch said. “You are already performing at an extremely high level. If you follow his vision and support him, he will take your performance to even greater heights.”

Before taking command of AFSC, Miller served as director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.