The leader of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex says a new way of doing business will lead to long-term success.
Thursday, 13WMAZ told you the WR-ALC is lagging far behind the nation's two other depots, when it comes to getting aircraft repairs done on-time.
It's a measure that would likely be considered in a proposed 2017 round of base closings or BRAC.
Brig. General Cedric George, Commander of the Air Logistics Complex, says the new way will not only work, but last.
George doesn't like last place, but he doesn't intend for the Warner Robins ALC to stay there.
He said, "I'm not worried. I'm not worried about Warner Robins at all."
Despite on-time delivery rates far below Robins two competitors at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Hill Air Force Base in Utah, the general is able to say he's "not worried', based on what he calls "a science-based, proven maintenance process."
It's new to Robins and the same one driving Tinker and Hill's success.
George said, "Everything we do in terms of bringing those aircraft in is synchronized. We have the support we need. We have the resources we need to do the job."
The process focuses on speed, quality, worker safety and saving the Air Force money.
It started at Robins in January, and George says, it's showing early indications of success.
He said, "We have about nine aircraft that have gone through this science-based approach now, and they are flowing through the machine's very smoothly."
George says in the past, the maintenance process changed with each new commander. They rotate about every two years.
Now, he says when leaders change, the process won't. That's because its direction comes from the Air Force Sustainment Center; an organization that oversees all three depots.
An Air Force reorganization created it about two years ago.
George said, "The best gift to Warner Robins is the Air Force Sustainment Center, because what we are doing, is we don't get a chance to do a personality driven recovery. It's got to be built on something that will survive change of leadership."
George says the process can withstand economic ups and downs too. What it takes to work, he says, is a committed workforce, that's already in place at Robins.
He said, "We have everything we need here to be successful, and what I would tell you is, and we are doing that now."
Former Robins Commander, now CEO of the 21st Century Partnership, Bob McMahon said he believes the new process will put Robins in a more competitive position.
McMahon said, "It's a matter of putting all those factors together and changing the way we do business. I am confident that the team will get to where we need to be in the next six months or so."
Leaders at the Sustainment Center in Oklahoma also said in a written statement, "That the transition will take time, but set Robins up for success in the long run".