Commander’s message: Transition of command, not a change in direction

Commander’s message: Transition of command, not a change in direction

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — To the amazing Airmen of the Air Force Sustainment Center,

First, let me begin by congratulating Lt. Gen. Bruce and Linda Litchfield on their retirement after 34 years of phenomenal service to our nation. They left an indelible mark on our Air Force, and I join with the men and women of AFSC in wishing them the very best as they embark on the next chapter. They will be sorely missed.

I also want to thank everyone for the incredibly warm welcome we received. The AFSC Airmen have enthusiastically opened their doors to our family. We are very much looking forward to getting to know you and your families.

Change is hard. I very much appreciate that, but please know this: This may have been a change of command, but it is not a change in direction. 

We have a great team in AFSC. If you look at how far the organization has come in the few short years since its inception, it’s truly a model for success. I don’t plan to change any of that but rather to simply continue to build on what you have accomplished.

I’m a firm believer in the “AFSC Way” and in achieving the results that the “Art of the Possible” can deliver. Together, we’ll all work to take our organization to the next level. Why? Our success is the foundation of the warfighter’s success, whether it is ensuring our nation’s nuclear deterrent, generating air supremacy, fueling the fight, or delivering hope and saving lives. They cannot succeed without the aircraft, engines, spares, missiles, space and cyberspace assets you produce. Thanks to you, we truly are the Air Force’s supporting command for readiness.

The warfighter is counting on us … the nation is counting on us.

I will close by saying I am honored to be your new commander and very much look forward to serving with you in the years ahead. Thank you for all that you and your families do to ensure the liberties we so richly enjoy.

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