The Senate confirmed March 27, 2012, the nominations of two Air Force Materiel Command senior leaders.
Air Force officials announced the confirmation of Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger to the rank of general with assignment to the position of AFMC commander, making her the Air Force’s first female four-star general.
Officials also announced the Senate confirmation of AFMC Vice Commander Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II for appointment as commander of the new Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, to be located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Wolfenbarger is currently Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
As commander of AFMC, she will oversee 83,000 people with a budget of $60 billion annually for research, development, test and evaluation. The command provides the acquisition management services and logistics support required to develop, procure and sustain Air Force weapon systems.
The Beavercreek, Ohio, native is a 1980 Air Force Academy graduate and member of the first class with female cadets at the Academy. She holds master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in national resource strategy from the National Defense University.
Wolfenbarger began her career in acquisitions as an engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. She has held a variety of assignments at headquarters Electronic Security Command and Air Force Systems Command, one of the predecessor commands to AFMC.
The general has held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; served as the F-22 lead program element monitor at the Pentagon, and was the B-2 system program director for the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB.
She commanded ASC’s C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing and was the service’s director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence at the Pentagon, then served as director of the headquarters AFMC Intelligence and Requirements Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB.
Wolfenbarger received her third star in December 2009 and became the Air Force’s highest-ranking woman in January 2010. She served as AFMC vice commander from December 2009 to September 2011.
A change of command date has not yet been announced.
Prior to Moore’s assignment as AFMC vice commander in October 2011, he was the deputy director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office in Arlington, Va.
Moore will lead the AFLCMC, which will provide life-cycle management of Air Force weapon systems and other capabilities. The center is the result of an AFMC-wide restructure that will consolidate the missions now performed by ASC at Wright-Patterson, the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, Mass., the Air Armament Center at Eglin AFB, Fla., and some functions at other AFMC bases. AFLCMC will also include the new Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, formerly the Air Force Security Assistance Center, at Wright-Patterson. The center is expected to reach initial operational capability Oct. 1, 2012.
Moore graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980 with Bachelor of Science degrees in aeronautical engineering and political science. In 1981, he earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Columbia University in New York. He also earned a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
Moore’s previous assignments include deputy director of the Global Power Directorate in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon, and deputy director of the Capabilities Integration and Transformation Directorate at Headquarters AFMC. Moore served as the chief of air operations, Multi-National Forces-Iraq in 2004, and he is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in 30 types of aircraft.
Moore also served at Wright-Patterson AFB during previous tours as director, F-16 System Program Office, June 2002 to August 2003; as vice commander, ASC, September 2003 to August 2004; as director, F-22 System Program Office, November 2005 to May 2007, and as commander, 478th Aeronautical Systems Wing, May 2007 to July 2008.
The nominations of the following AFMC senior leaders remain pending at this time:
- Maj. Gen. Andrew E. Busch, commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill AFB, Utah, for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general with assignment as vice commander of AFMC;
- Lt. Gen. Charles R. Davis, commander of ESC at Hanscom AFB, Mass., with new assignment as Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; and,
- Maj. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker AFB, Okla., for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general, with assignment to lead the new Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker AFB.