Air Force Materiel Command boss Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger was surprised with a nomination to be inducted into the command’s Order of the Sword during a recent senior leader conference. “You lead with passion. You care about every one of your airmen. You have made their quality of life, their training and development, and their resources in a tough environment a priority,” said CMSgt. Michael Warner, command chief and senior enlisted officer at AFMC, before a crowd of hundreds at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. “This has got to be the highest honor I could ever have bestowed on me, of anything that I could think of in my entire three-plus decades in the United States Air Force. It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Wolfenbarger, who is the first female from AFMC to be nominated. She will be formally inducted on Feb. 5, 2015, according to a command release.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.