New president and CEO named for 21st Century Partnership

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The 21st Century Partnership announced Friday that a new man will be in charge of the organization as the President and CEO. 

Retired Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner Jr. is the new President and CEO beginning August 1st. 

He’s confident he’ll keep pushing the 21st Century Partnership forward.

“I believe that my skills and leadership and my experiences at the Pentagon, with Congressional budgets and the rest, will be helpful for this partnership,” Stenner said. 

The heavily decorated general says it’s his duty to make sure Robins Air Force Base is one of the best in the country. 

“Welcome the partners. This is a depot first and foremost. This takes care of airplanes, takes care of pieces and parts, and we need to do that job,” Stenner said. 

He’s been in middle Georgia before. 

Most recently, he was the Chief of Air Force Reserve for the base back in 2008. 

He says announcements of budget cuts and potential job losses will be some of the biggest challenges he thinks he’ll face. 

“We’ll meet them first and then we’ll understand them, and then we’ll figure out how we can go about making sure that this base is viewed as a premiere asset,” Stenner said.

He believes the best way to go about it all is with efficiency. 

“The budgets are going to be the challenges for the next several years, we know that. With a declining budget, you have to make sure that everything you do is necessary and cost effective and efficient,” Stenner said. 

He says that’s the vision, after that the next goal is staying prepared. 

“Then the vision can adjust and adapt based on the pressures that are coming to us, the budget pressures and others. Then we will ensure that we will meet the needs and we’re not just stagnant,” Stenner said. 

Chrissy Miner, who served as interim President and CEO, says in a news release,“General Stenner’s proven leadership within the highest levels of the Air Force coupled with his keen planning ability will bode well for Robins Air Force Base and Middle Georgia.”

Stenner will begin on August 1. 

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