HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- After months of planning, the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base will be transitioned and renamed the Ogden Air Logistics Complex on July 17, resulting in the loss of 159 military jobs.
The change in status at Hill is part of an Air Force Materiel Command's consolidation of a dozen commands at various bases into five centralized commands.
The plan was announced in November 2011 as a means to increase efficiency, reduce overhead costs, improve communications and provide better support services, saving the miltary about $109 million annually.
"We are transitioning the command in a way that will create opportunities for more efficient and responsive support to the warfighter while also saving the taxpayer money," AFMC Commander Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger said in a prepared statement.
The AFMC is moving ahead with the consolidation process after having met three critical requirements. Those requirements include confirmation by the Senate of new generals to lead the consolidated centers, the completion of two reports mandated by Congress and formal approval by the Air Force.
Col. Sarah Zabel, commander of Hill's 75th Air Base Wing, said the mission of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex will not change as a result of the transition, which she believes will increase efficiency.
"It looks like a win-win," she said Tuesday.
Maj. General Andrew Busch, who is the commanding officer of the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill, will be promoted to lieutenant general, and assigned as vice commander at the Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Brig. General H. Brent Baker, who is stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, will be promoted to major general and will assume command of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex.
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex will report to the Air Force Sustainment Center that will be activated next month at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. That will result in a net loss of 159 headquarters positions from Hill, said Zabel.
The 309th Maintenance Wing will be deactivated and absorbed by the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. Hill's 75th Air Base Wing will report to the command at Tinker.