Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, plans to retire, according to a news release Friday from the Robins Air Force Base public affairs office.
A date was not set for her official retirement. Her successor will be Maj. Gen. Robert H. McMahon, currently director of Logistics for the Air Force, according to the release.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at the pinnacle of my 35-year career,” Peyer was quoted as saying in the release.
“The decision is always a personal and hard one to make, but I feel that it is the right time for me and my family.”
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Peyer assumed command of WRALC in August 2008, replacing now Lt. Gen. Tom Owen. The first female commander of the center, Peyer has consistently acknowledged but downplayed the focus on her gender.
“I am prepared for the job. I’m ready to do the job,” Peyer said when she took command in 2008. “The other two air logistics centers have had female commanders, so this is just an honor for me to take command.”
Peyer enlisted in the Air Force in 1975 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1977, according to her official Air Force biography. Her career has included stops throughout the country, Germany and South Korea. ]She was promoted to her current rank in 2006 and served as director of Resource Integration for the Air Force prior to taking the reins at Robins.
“Surely we’re sad to see her go, but she’s certainly given her service to the Air Force,” said Mary Therese Tebbe, executive director of the base support group 21st Century Partnership.
“But what a milestone for the base, to have our first female commander.”
Tebbe said she would miss Peyer personally.
“She’s actually a very unique lady, and I will miss our friendship,” Tebbe said. “But we have cell phones and e-mail.”
McMahon graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1978 and is a native of Toledo, Ohio, according to his official Air Force biography. In his career, he has commanded a maintenance wing, a logistics group and two maintenance squadrons. He achieved his current rank in 2007.
Information from Telegraph archives were used in this report.