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Summer brings many new leaders to AFMC

troops receive motivation from AFMC deputy commander

Air Force Materiel Command Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Warren Berry spoke to troops participating in a base training exercise about the importance of training for the mission. Berry will receive his third star and become deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection at the Pentagon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kelly White/released)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Summer of 2018 marks a number of key leadership changes for Air Force Materiel Command.

The Air Force previously announced the Sept. 1 retirement of Gen Ellen Pawlikowski, AFMC commander.

AFMC Deputy Commander, Maj. Gen. Warren Berry, departs this week for the Pentagon, and will pin on a third star to become deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering, and force protection.

He’ll be succeeded by Maj. Gen. Carl (select) Schaefer, who recently departed as 412th Test Wing commander at Edwards AFB, California.

Lt. Gen. Lee Levy will retire after he turns over the baton of Air Force Sustainment Center to Lt. Gen. (select) Donald “Gene” Kirkland at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Aug 7.

Another retiring officer, Maj. Gen. David Harris, turned over command of Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, to Brig. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Aug. 3. Azzano most recently was Headquarters AFMC’s director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations.

Brig. Gen. Kenneth Bibb Jr. replaces Azzano as director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, or as it’s known in military circles “A3/6.”

In June, Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle arrived to become director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analyses, also known as AFMC’s 5/8/9.  She succeeded Maj. Gen. Michael Brewer, who now commands the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

Other recent key personnel changes among Headquarters AFMC staff include: Brig. Gen. Linda Marsh, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander; Col. Frank Schreiber, director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Chaplain (Col.) Scott Rummage, Command Chaplain; Col. Jeannine Ryder, Command Surgeon; and Yancy Mailes, Command Historian.

The Air Force typically sees a spike in moves each summer, in part to minimize the impacts to families with children who are typically on break from school.