HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Speaker after speaker Thursday stressed that Hill Air Force Base's mission is the same, the people doing the work are the same and even the emblem on the flag is the same.
"The name changes, but the mission does not," Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield said of Ogden Air Logistics Center's new name: Ogden Air Logistics Complex.
Litchfield is the newly appointed commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
"How we support combat air power is what counts."
Still, massive changes took place as part of an Air Force Materiel Command's consolidation of a dozen commands at various bases into five centralized commands.
The amount of ceremony around the changes was equal to their importance. Flags of disappearing units were furled. Departing officers formally said they were resigning their commands and spoke about how much they appreciated the work their commands achieved and how greatly they loved living in Utah.
New officers were officially presented, gave short speeches promising great efforts and talked about how much they looked forward to living in Utah.
The overall Air Force materiel consolidation plan was announced in November as a means to increase efficiency, reduce overhead costs, improve communications and provide better support services, saving the military about $109 million annually.
At Hill, the changes mean:
* The entire Ogden Air Logistics Center ceases to exist. It is now the Ogden Air Logistics Complex.
* The 309th Maintenance Wing no longer exists. It is now part of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex.
* A completely new management arrangement is set up. Hill is now home to the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, which reports to the newly established Air Force Sustainment Command at Tinker Air Force Base.
That sustainment center manages logistics complexes at Tinker and Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, as well as at Hill.
* While it isn't a huge hit on a military base with more than 20,000 employees, more than 160 management jobs at Hill have gone away. Those not being eliminated are going to Oklahoma.
Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, resigned from the job he'd held for three years as he watched the center he commanded deactivate.
Busch has been promoted to lieutenant general and is being assigned as vice commander at the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
He said his three years in Utah were rewarding and thanked "the state of Utah for supplying an absolutely world-class workforce."
Brig. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr. stepped up as commander of the newly established Ogden Air Logistics Complex.
For the last year, he was commander of the Air Force Global Logistics Support Center at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and said he looks forward to "many years" at Hill.
He is scheduled to be promoted to major general later this year, which technically makes him higher in rank than the job should require, but he said he expects to stay on at Hill anyway.
"I look forward to leading this complex through the transition to its full operational capability," he said in accepting command.
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, praised the Ogden Air Logistics Center's role at Hill since it was established in 1943.
Hill's work over the years has gone from maintaining bombers to storing aircraft after World War II, to maintenance of missiles, F-16s, A-10s and other key aircraft as wars and missions came and went.
The Ogden Air Logistics Center has received the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award nine times, Wolfenbarger said.
She stressed that changing the name to "complex" from "center" doesn't take away any of those awards.
"This unit has a rich history of outstanding service that has benefited our history and our nation," Wolfenbarger said.
She praised Baker as "a very capable leader who is ready to lead this historic unit into the future."
Moments before it was deactivated, the 309th Maintenance Wing was awarded the Outstanding Unit Award for "exceptionally maintaining service" for 2011-12, achieving its goals both for producing work and for spending less money than planned.
Wing Commander Col. Allan E. Day said the award was all because of the workers in the wing.
"This has nothing to do with me -- I never turned a wrench or replaced an avionics pod," he said.
Day said that, while he was in command, the workers in the wing repaired 600 aircraft, fixed 74 major Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues, received the Depot Maintenance Award in five of seven possible categories and achieved a zero-defect audit of its operations.