Col. Scott Stapp, commander of the 84th Combat Sustainment Wing and 508th Aerospace Sustainment Wing, has formally changed job titles as a long planned merger of the two wings took place at Club Hill on July 16 after an inactivation ceremony. The organizations are now assembled into the Aerospace Sustainment Directorate under the direction of the Ogden Air Logistics Center with Stapp as the director.
"The Air Force is not telling you anything different about what we expect from you as leaders in this organization," said Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, OO-ALC commander, to those present at the inactivation ceremony for both wings. "I will tell you that as the ALC commander, my expectations later today are the same as they were earlier today."
The 508th ASW and 84th CSW were inactivated and respective guidons enfolded into covers in the ceremony held to formally note the change.
Col. Stapp, as director of the Aerospace Sustainment Directorate following the ceremony, pointed out the streamlining efficiency of having one staff take care of the functions two wing command staffs had been in charge of until he assumed the role of commander of both wings some months ago.
Five groups, three in the former 508th Aerospace Sustainment Wing and two in the former 84th Combat Sustainment Wing, now become program offices under the auspices of the Aerospace Sustainment Directorate. All program office names will clearly designate what weapons platform they direct.
For example, by making it clear to both military and non-military around the world that the A-10 Programs Office oversees all things related to the A-10, communications efficiency is gained. In a numbered wing, it was not necessarily as clear, as Stapp pointed out.
Both Busch and Stapp praised the leadership of all involved.
Before this move, all leadership positions had been screened by a command board and none of that will change. Clearly both Busch and Stapp feel certain that they have the best people, both military and non-military Air Force-wide, assembled in leadership positions in the platform.
"I really do have an amazing group of people and they will continue to perform like they have in the past," said Stapp as he described how little would actually change.
The five program office names now are the A-10 Program Office, the F-16 Program Office, the Mature and Proven Aircraft Program Office, the Munitions Program Office and the Space and C3I Program Office.