3-star general locates to base

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command, has moved to Robins Air Force Base, the Air Force Reserve Command public affairs office announced Thursday.

In his capacity as commanding general of the Reserve Command, Stenner divides his time between Robins, home of the Reserve Command headquarters, and the Pentagon, but had considered the military district of Washington his “home base.” He and his wife, Dee, had lived at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.

Last weekend, the Stenner family moved to Robins, making Stenner the senior-most officer residing on the installation. Stenner figures to still spend much of his time at the Pentagon, even after the move.

“Sitting in the seat at the command headquarters will accelerate the process of total force integration,” Stenner said in a news release issued Thursday afternoon.

The reason Stenner will work in both Warner Robins and Washington stems from his two command positions. Stenner is both the commanding general of the Reserve Command and the chief of the Air Reserve. The Reserve Command office is located at Robins Air Force Base, and the Air Reserve office is in the Pentagon.

Alas, for Stenner, the Air Reserve office will stay at the Pentagon, forcing him to oversee staffs in both locations.

“A third of his time is spent here (at the Pentagon), a third of his time is spent there in Georgia, and a third of his time is spent on the road,” said Lt. Col. Karen Magnus, spokeswoman for the Air Force Reserve Command. “That won’t fundamentally change.”

Stenner insists that “the fact that my personal residence has changed in no way diminishes the importance I place on the roles and missions of both of these staffs,” he said in the news release.

Stenner has been commander of the Air Force Reserve Command and the chief of the Air Reserve since June 2008.

This is not the first time Stenner has lived in the area. He completed a three-year tour at Robins from 2003 to 2006, when he was a two-star general and the director of plans and programs for the Air Force Reserve Command headquarters.

“The Middle Georgia community is very special, and I’m excited about the opportunity to spend more time here,” he said. “I have always admired the close relationships between the community members, civic leaders and employers.”

Earlier this month, Stenner attended the funeral of Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker.

According to his biography, Stenner has accumulated more than 3,500 flying hours piloting F-4, A-10 and F-16 aircraft. He graduated from Wooster College in Ohio in 1972 and was commissioned into the Air Force the next year.

To contact writer Thomas L. Day, call 744-4489.