Air Force officials announced April 27, 2012, the Senate confirmations of three Air Force Materiel Command senior leaders’ nominations.
Officials announced the Senate confirmation of Maj. Gen. Andrew E. Busch, commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment to the position of AFMC vice commander here.
Also announced were the confirmations of Lt. Gen. Charles R. Davis, commander of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., to the position of 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 promotion to the grade of lieutenant general, with assignment to lead the new Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker AFB.
Prior to Busch’s assignment as the Ogden ALC commander in July 2009, he was the commander of Defense Supply Center Richmond, a field activity of the Defense Logistics Agency, in Richmond, Va.
Busch has served in a variety of sortie production roles and commanded three maintenance squadrons and a maintenance wing. He also has experience in supply, transportation and acquisition issues at the wholesale logistics level. Busch is Level III certified in life cycle logistics and Level II certified in program management. He is a designated Joint Qualified Officer.
Prior to Davis’ assignment as ESC commander in September 2011, he was the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Air Armament Center commander at Eglin AFB, Fla.
Davis’ previous assignments include serving on the Air Staff under the director of Air Force Test and Evaluation; leading divisions in both the F-16 and F-15 program offices; serving as director of the F-15 and Flight Training System Program Offices; and serving as the Joint Primary Aircraft Training (T-6A) System Program director. He is an experimental test pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours in 53 types of aircraft.
Prior to Litchfield’s assignment as commander of the Oklahoma City ALC in November 2011, he was the Special Assistant to the AFMC Commander at Tinker AFB.
Litchfield’s previous assignments include logistics and acquisition assignments supporting weapon systems at wing, major command, Air Staff and the Joint Staff levels. He has commanded a supply squadron, logistics group and combat support systems wing and was the Director of Logistics at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii.
The command’s maintenance and supply mission will be led by the new Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker AFB. The AFSC will consolidate oversight of most missions now performed at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker AFB; the Warner Robins ALC at Robins AFB, Ga.; and the Ogden ALC at Hill AFB. The three ALC headquarters will stand down and their combined workforce will report to the new AFSC. Each location will continue to operate one of the Air Force’s three air depots, to be named the Oklahoma City, Warner Robins and Ogden Air Logistics Complexes, respectively.
The AFSC is planned to reach initial operating capability at Tinker AFB in October 2012.
The AFMC restructure was announced Nov. 2, 2011, as part of several Air Force efficiency efforts. The restructure will cut overhead costs and redundant layers of center headquarters staffs and is expected to generate Air Force savings of $109 million annually. The restructure will improve AFMC’s overall management of the Air Force’s research and development, test and evaluation, life cycle management and sustainment of weapon systems and nuclear support, and will allow AFMC to provide better support to the warfighter and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently.