Military Notebook: Former Robins commander to head Hill complex

April 26, 2014 

A former Robins Air Force Base commander has been named to head the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

Brig. Gen. Carl Buhler will serve as commander of the unit, according to a Department of Defense release.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as commander of the 78th Air Base Wing at Robins.

He is currently director of logistics at Pacific Air Forces headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

There’s no word yet on a replacement for Brig. Gen. Cedric George, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, who will finish his second year in the job in July. Since 1995, commanders of what had previously been called the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center have served about two years.

Col. John Kubinec, vice commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, told The Telegraph last week that no decision has been made on a replacement for George.

Kubinec also said there’s no rule that the commander serves only two years, so it’s possible George could stay for another year.

Kubinec was in Macon last week with Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center.

Defemse: Military suicides down in 2013

The Department of Defense released preliminary figures Friday that showed a drop in suicides among active-duty military members in 2013.

In 2012 there were 319 suicides, and in 2013 there were 261.

Among part-time military members, however, suicides increased. There were 203 of those in 2012 and 213 last year.

“The department takes suicide prevention very seriously and considers any measure that saves a life as one worth taking,” Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said in the release.

The release stated that “building resilience in service members” is a top priority. It said that as of the end of 2013, the department had hired 9,425 mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, counselors and other licensed mental health providers.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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