New Commander Praises 'Complex,' 'Important' Work at Hill Air Force Base

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New Commander Praises 'Complex,' 'Important' Work at Hill Air Force Base


Lee, Jasen, Deseret News (Salt Lake City)


By Jasen Lee

Deseret News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE - Renowned U.S. Army Gen. John Pershing once said, "Infantry wins battles, logistics wins wars."

The famous quote was meant to signify that detailed coordination and organization of a complex operation are of utmost importance in accomplishing a critical mission.

It was with that mindset Thursday that Brig. Gen. Stacey Hawkins accepted a ceremonial flag from his predecessor in becoming the new Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander at Hill Air Force Base during a formal change-of-command ceremony.

As commander, Hawkins will lead a team of approximately 8,100 personnel who perform depot repair, overhaul and modification of various military aircraft, including the A-10, C-130, F-16, F-22, F-35 and T-38.

Additionally, the command includes maintenance of the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile system and a wide range of other equipment, such as landing gear, wheels and brakes, rocket motors, air munitions and guided bombs, photonics equipment, training devices, software, electronics, avionics, instruments, hydraulics, power systems and other aerospace components.

Hawkins arrives at Hill from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where he has served as director of logistics, engineering and force protection for Air Mobility Command since May 2015.

The 26-year Air Force veteran said the new assignment is a bit of a departure from his previous command mission.

"This is a change because now I'll be responsible for delivering aircraft systems, missiles and software to the (Air Force) war fighters who engage in operations all over the globe," he said. "Now, in this role, I'll be serving with the men and women of this (unit) to provide those weapons systems across the portfolio to those war fighters."

Hawkins said the work performed at Hill has always been vital to the military's global war fighting effort.

"Without the work that's done here and without the hard work that's happened here for decades, we would not be able to project (military) air power in the way we do all over the world," he said. …

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