Commentary: Staying the course in the midst of transition

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  • By Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon
  • Warner Robins Air Logistics Center Commander
We are in the midst of one of the biggest changes AFMC has seen in several years. With the change from a 12 to five Center construct, there may be a level of fear and uncertainty for some which is understandable. I want everyone to know senior leaders along with subject matter experts across the command are working hard to make sure the right decisions are made to posture us for greater success in the future.

For WR-ALC, these changes mean we are going to look differently in the future. Most of what is now our Aerospace Sustainment Directorate will be part of the future Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), while the Maintenance Wing, GLSC, and Air Base Wing will be part of the future Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC). Some of our ALC staff functions will be re-scoped into operating locations, while others will be absorbed into either AFLCMC or AFSC. While we plan for the transition to the new construct, it is imperative we continue to focus on driving improvements in quality, cost, delivery, and safety to secure our future as a world class site for acquisition and sustainment excellence. Horizontal integration across organizations is now more critical than ever. We have achieved much success over this past year as an integrated team; staying true to this concept in all we do will enable us to reach even higher levels of performance in the coming years.

I also cannot emphasize enough how important it is for leaders to truly be servant leaders. This means working with our people to ensure we add value to the products and services we deliver and, most importantly, actively engage in removing barriers and impediments to mission success. This is a fundamental expectation for ALC leadership regardless of the transition process. Additionally, I expect everyone at the ALC to truly live the Wingman culture. If you notice someone in distress, provide a shoulder or an ear and let them know about resources available to help such as the Employee Assistance Program or base chaplains.

Our front-line impact to the mission is stronger than ever; it's critical we stay the course and never lose sight of the warfighter's priorities while we press forward. Some of you will take on new roles and responsibilities while others may be the leading expert in your field or organization. Regardless of where you are in your career now or after the transition, we need everyone to bring their "A" game through the gates every day.

I am proud to be the leader of the best workforce in the United States Air Force, and I truly appreciate everyone's contributions to support and defend the country and our allies. Because of you, I know the ALC is up to the challenge of sustained mission excellence while supporting the transition, and everyone here will continue to be a pivotal contributor to the success of our nation's defense.

Thank you for all you do.