Meet the woman responsible for making sure all of the Air Force’s weapons are ready for war.General Janet Wolfenbarger is blowing away any hint of the military’s fabled glass ceiling.
First, she became the first female four-star general in Air Force history.
Now she’s taken the top position of Air Force Material Command (AFMC), which has one simple vision: “War-winning capabilities — on time, on cost.”
Her new job at AFMC puts a ton on her plate. The command oversees several research and logistics centres responsible for “cradle-to-grave” research, development, testing, acquisition, and sustainment of every single Air Force weapon system. Lately, F-35 strike fighter development has been in the news extensively. Wolfenbarger will be at the helm of equipping the Air Force with the best hardware.
And as the Stars and Stripes points out, she’ll take charge of some significant reshaping across the force at a time when military services are trying to cut back on spending:
Wolfenbarger will have the responsibility to manage AFMC, a command with a $60 billion budget and a workforce of more than 80,000 service wide, as it consolidates 12 directorates into five across nine bases by Oct. 1.
But of course, she’s confident and “really, really excited.”
“There has probably been no better environment in my time in the Air Force in which to put forth good ideas, and have those good ideas get a sound hearing so that we can collectively respond to our part of the budget challenge,” she said.
“AFMC has already embraced finding ways to accomplish the mission more efficiently, while also preserving the welfare of our people.
“But we’re not finished yet,” she adds.
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