Lt Gen Donna Shipton Assumes Command of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)
AFA WMC leadership was honored to attend Lt. Gen. Donna D. Shipton’s assumption of command of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center during a ceremony Jan.17 at officiated by General Duke Richardson, Air Force Materiel Command commander, presided over the ceremony.
“AFLCMC is a behemoth if you ever thought about what it actually is, and I want to submit that Donna is the right person to take its helm,” said Richardson.¶
During her remarks Lt General Shipton, spoke directly to the Center’s workforce: “What you do within AFLCMC amazes me every day and is of significant importance to our Air Force and our Nation. It’s no secret that we are living in a time of great consequence. With the rise of near-peer competitors over the past few decades, we’ve seen the urgency and the importance of our work increase steadily. Now, as we survey the landscape of threats to our peaceful, democratic way of life, we see not only near-peers, but in some key aspects, peers. And if our work does not succeed, we may find ourselves at a serious strategic disadvantage very soon.”¶
AFLCMC was formed in 2012 and is responsible for total life cycle management for aircraft, engines, munitions, electronic, computer, network, cyber and agile combat support systems. The Center employs more than 28,000 people and has an annual budget of over $300 billion. Lt General Shipton is the Center’s fifth commander and first female to hold the position.