HILL AIR BASE – One of the key cogs in keeping U.S. military might at their fingertips has had a new top leader this month.
Thursday, the sergeant. General Richard Gibbs has become the new commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Force Base. He replaces outgoing Major General McCauley von Hoffman, who joins Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, to serve as director of logistics, civil engineering, force protection and nuclear integration.
Gibbs, who spent nearly 30 years in the Air Force, will lead a team of more than 8,500 people, which includes both military and civilians. One of the largest maintenance centers in the entire Department of Defense, the Ogden ALC performs maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification of aircraft such as the A-10, C-130, T-38, F-16, F-22, F -35 and for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system.
The complex produces electronics, avionics, instruments, power systems and software for several US weapon systems, and repairs items such as the landing gear, wheels and brakes, rocket engines, aerial munitions and guided bombs and many other aerospace components, making it an integral part of the country’s military readiness.
Gibbs’ responsibilities extend to sites in Japan, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, California, Florida, Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana. Ogden’s ALC also directly supports a global supply chain that the DoD and other allied nations depend on for combat operations.
âThe Ogden Air logistics complex is truly a huge organizationâ¦ the more I learn about our various operations, the more excited I am to be here,â said Gibbs. “I have a strong appreciation for the work that is done here and for the people who get the work done. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come before us.”
Lt. Gen. Donald Kirkland, who is the commander of the DOD Air Force Support Center, to which Ogden’s ALC reports, said Gibbs’ previous experience made him a good candidate to lead the depot’s maintenance team.
Gibbs comes to Hill from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Where he was director of logistics, engineering and force protection for Air Mobility Command. He was responsible for policy, direction, training and resources in support of more than 49,000 employees. Gibbs joined the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1993 and served in various organizations where he led maintenance operations including fighter, bombardment, airlift, and aero-medical aircraft. .
“I started my time as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, working on fighter jets and always thought it would be pretty cool to end up here in Utah at Hill Air Force Base,” Gibbs said.