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75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs (May 17, 2007): Brig. Gen. Close to command Ogden Air Logistics Center.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Brig. Gen. Kathleen D. Close has been selected to become the next commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center.

Close is currently the director of Maintenance within the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Force, Washington, D.C.

She will succeed Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Sullivan, who was nominated May 8 for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general and to become the deputy chief of staff, Installations, Logistics, and Mission Support, at Headquarters Air Force.

In her current position, Close is responsible for training, organizing and equipping a work force of more than 150,000 technicians and managers maintaining the $260 billion global engagement aerospace weapons system inventory. The Headquarters Air Force Maintenance Directorate develops aircraft maintenance and munitions policy to ensure the readiness of the single largest element of manpower supporting Air Force combat forces worldwide and advocates an annual budget of more than $20 billion.

As the Ogden ALC commander, Close will oversee an organization that provides worldwide logistics management, engineering, supply, contracting, and depot maintenance for a wide variety of aircraft and munitions related platforms.

Close was commissioned in December 1978 through the ROTC program following graduation from Colorado State University. She has directed three aircraft maintenance units, served as squadron maintenance supervisor in two units, and held a variety of staff positions at the major command, Air Staff, and Secretariat levels. The general has commanded a combat logistics support squadron, a logistics group, and an air base wing.

One of her early career assignments was at Hill AFB. From December 1982 to August 1985, she served as a maintenance supervisor in the 388th Fighter Wing's Component Repair Squadron and later, as the officer in charge, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 388th Aircraft Generation Squadron.

Her previous responsibilities have covered aircraft and munitions maintenance operations, management and policies, as well as depot-level maintenance production and major weapon system acquisition activities.

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As for her new assignment, Close said it is a tremendous opportunity to command the Ogden Air Logistics Center.

"I am honored that General Carlson selected me to replace one of our Air Force's visionary leaders, General Sullivan," said Close. "Ogden is known for its forward-thinking business practices and embracement of Lean principles and I am eager to build upon the strong foundation General Sullivan and his team have put in place."
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