New Commander Brigadier General Walter Lindsley at RAFB
Thousands crowded into the Century of Flight Hanger at the Museum of Aviation as outgoing commander Brigadier General Cedric George said farewell to base personnel, and incoming commander Brigadier General Walter Lindsley was welcomed to the base during the “Changing of Commander” ceremony, Monday.
Brigadier General Lindsley says he has three objectives to achieve.
“The first and foremost is to take care off the mission, and to meet war-fighter needs,” says Brigadier General Lindsley. “The second of those objectives is always to take care of your people.”
Brigadier General Lindsley says RAFB is the largest air force base he has ever commanded. It has more than 7,700 employees. He refers to the workers as the “heartbeat of the base.”
“The third is to always have eyes outside the windshield sort of speak, steering the ship, trying to look toward the future and setting the complex up in such away that it is ready to go and ready to accept follow up missions,” he added.
Brigadier General Lindsley will command the depot level maintenance and repairs on the develop software and commodities for air force equipment and weapons systems.
“The air force does a wonderful job, grooming, training and continuing to give us additional responsibilities in command to prepare us,” he continued.
Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, along with other state, county and city officials attended the ceremony. Warner Robins Mayor, Randy Toms says he’s already impressed with the new commander.
“He’s very personable, and encouraging,” says Mayor Toms. “He talked about how he’s already been accepted by the community within the few days that he’s been here.”