No. 2 general at Air Force Materiel Command leaving for new post

A three-star general who is the second highest-ranking officer at the Air Force Materiel Command has been nominated to take over leadership of the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Andrew E. Busch would oversee a workforce of 25,500 civilian and military employees at the DLA which provided $39 billion in sales and service to the military and other federal agencies, according to the DLA. The agency is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Navy Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek has served as DLA director since November 2011.

Busch has served in the role of AFMC vice commander since July 2012. AFMC did not immediately release Wednesday who will take over the vice commander post.

The Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has about 80,000 employees around the world and manages a budget of $60 billion. AFMC develops, buys and maintains most Air Force weapon systems.

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Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, a Beavercreek High School graduate who has spent much of her career at Wright-Patterson, became the Air Force’s first four-star female general in 2012 when she assumed command of AFMC.

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