A former Robins Air Force Base commander has been tapped to be the Air Force’s top man over depot maintenance.
Maj. Gen. Lee Levy, who commanded the 402nd Maintenance Wing at Robins, has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general with assignment to lead the Air Force Sustainment Center. Levy would replace Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield.
Headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, the center is over the Air Force’s three maintenance depots, including the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex. From 2009 to 2011 Levy commanded the 402nd, which was essentially what the complex is now.
Retired Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, who leads the 21st Century Partnership, knows Levy well. When Levy was at Robins, Stenner commanded Air Force Reserve Command. The two were next-door neighbors on base.
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“In my opinion there’s nobody better to replace Bruce Litchfield,” Stenner said. “Lee Levy is a solid commander, organizer and leader. The fact that he has firsthand knowledge of Robins is going to be a big plus.”
The nomination must be approved by the Senate. Stenner said that’s not a formality, because the Senate does take a close look at nominees, but he said he expects Levy will win approval without any problems.
Levy now serves in the Pentagon as an assistant to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Department of Defense announced the nomination Wednesday, as well as its nomination for a new leader of Air Force Materiel Command.
The command is the parent agency over Robins. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski was been nominated for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Pawlikowski is now serving as military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. She is responsible for research and development, testing, production and modernization of Air Force programs worth more than $32 billion a year.
She has served 36 years in the Air Force and will replace Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, who is retiring. Wolfenbarger was the Air Force’s first female four-star general.
No date has been set for either change of command.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.