AFMC commander cites AFSC focus on generating combat power

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The new commander of Air Force Materiel Command may have had to cross three time zones to complete her immersion of the Air Force Sustainment Center last week, but, geographical variance aside, what she saw was a highly connected enterprise focused on generating combat power for America.

"Getting to see the 'AFSC Way' in action over the last few days, and the results it produces, is very impressive," said Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, AFMC commander. "AFSC is truly focused on delivering war-winning capabilities while making every dollar count."

Pawlikowski began her immersion tour at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., on Aug. 3 and completed her trip at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 6. In between those stops, she visited Tinker. During the immersion, she was shown several examples of how the center uses the "AFSC Way" to be more agile and responsive to warfighter needs now and in the future.

"Our air logistics complexes, supply chain wings and air base wings are all major contributors to how AFSC provides worldwide readiness," said Jeffrey Allen, AFSC executive director, who accompanied Pawlikowski throughout the visit. "She was able to see how the 'AFSC Way's' standardized processes and culture of continuous process improvement are enabling us to do more, with higher quality and at less cost than ever before."

Allen pointed out that the general was able to see firsthand how the complexes are providing quality aircraft, exchangeables and software to support the warfighter; how the supply chain wings globally deliver what the Air Force needs where they need it; and, how the air base wings provide the infrastructure and resource support critical to the success of their mission partners.

The general was also updated on how AFSC provides vital support to the Air Force's nuclear mission.

In addition to seeing how AFSC units continue to generate Art of the Possible results, the general took time to hold all calls with AFMC Airmen at each base and to engage with community leaders. Chief Master Sgt. Michael Warner, AFMC command chief, also participated in the AFSC immersion.

Pawlikowski repeatedly stressed the importance of AFMC units having the capability to quickly adapt and respond to warfighter needs in today's world environment - a requirement clearly defined in the command's new vision statement: "Delivering the world's greatest Air Force ... the most trusted and agile provider of innovative and cost-effective war-winning capabilities."

"We live in a very dynamic time," said Pawlikowski. "Our Air Force is being asked to shift focus and do different things very quickly, and we need to respond and be very creative and innovative in how we do that."