Peyer becomes WRALC's first female commmander

Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer assumed control of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center on Thursday afternoon, replacing Maj. Gen. Tom Owen.

More than 400 military and civilian dignitaries along with Peyer and Owen family members attended the almost hourlong change of command ceremony at the Museum of Aviation's Century of Flight hangar.

Peyer — the first woman to command the local center — has been the director of resource integration for the Air Force's Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support at the Pentagon. Owen, who assumed the Robins post in August 2006, will become the Director of Logistics and Sustainment for Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The logistics center — one of three Air Force aircraft and component overhaul facilities — is the principal organization at Robins employing some 15,000 military and civilian workers. The base is the largest industrial complex in Georgia.

Peyer, a Florida native, said she placed no special significance on gender. "I am prepared for the job. I'm ready to do the job," she indicated during a brief news conference. "The other two air logistics centers have had female commanders, so this is just an honor for me to take command."