to get first female four-star General
Cogliano, Senior Reporter
February 6, 2012
female four-star General in the U.S. Air Force may soon land at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
President Barack Obama nominated Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger for a
General — making her the first woman to hold the rank. If confirmed by
Senate, it would mark Wolfenbarger’s return to Wright-Patt as commander
Force Materiel Command.
take over for Gen. Donald Hoffman, who is slated to retire later this
who attended school in the Dayton region as a teenager, has held more
a dozen assignments at Wright-Patt during her career, most recently as
commander at AFMC under Hoffman, before leaving last September to serve
military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air
Acquisition at the Pentagon.
industry insiders say Wolfenbarger is a significant Air Force figure
she was a graduate of the 1980 Air Force Academy class, the first to
women, and worked her way up the higher ranks at “lightning speed,”
Curtis, owner of Beavercreek-based Curtis Consulting.
than six months during 2009, Wolfenbarger was promoted to Major General
then Lieutenant General. Currently, she is one of only four active
Generals in the Air Force.
is known for being well-liked and respected in the Dayton community,
Michael Bridges, president of Fairborn-based Peerless Technologies
does work with the Defense Department.
for the promotion and assignment to Wright-Patt, Wolfenbarger will take
AFMC at a critical juncture. The organization — which controls all the
research, acquisitions and maintenance for the entire Air Force and has
annual budget approaching $60 billion — will have just finished
its 12 centers into five.
will house a Life Cycle Management Center focusing on acquisition and
continue to be headquarters for Air Force Research Laboratory.
Life Cycle Management Center will replace Aeronautical Systems Center
oversee activity at what is now the Electronic Systems Center at
Force Base, Mass., and Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
restructuring effort, slated to be implemented by Oct. 1, is part of
efficiency initiatives across the Air Force.
a 1976 graduate of Beavercreek High School, was director of
requirements at AFMC when she was promoted to vice commander in late
commander of AFMC, Wolfenbarger was responsible for providing
management and logistics support for a variety of Air Force aircraft
systems. The command conducts research, development, test and
career, Wolfenbarger has held several positions in the F-22 System
Office at Wright-Patt. She also has served as the F-22 Lead Program
Monitor at the Pentagon, and was the B-2 system program director for
Aeronautical Systems Center from April 2000 through December 2002.
unclear when the Senate will vote on the nomination.
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