Bunch Reflects on First Year in Command, Outlines AFMC Future

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)
(U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)

June 23, 2020 | Originally published by U.S. Air Force on June 15, 2020


When Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. took command of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) on May 31, 2019, his first goal was to get “regrounded” in the diverse missions and responsibilities spread across AFMC’s six centers and 87,000 Airmen.

“When I came here, I thought I understood the command since I was part of it when it was started in 1992, and I spent most of my career in it. What I learned is that there is so much more that goes on that I needed to understand more deeply,” Bunch said.

During a year that has included an Air Force-wide focus on modernization, lethality, and readiness through faster, more agile business processes, the ability of AFMC to successfully meet the needs of the National Defense Strategy was a major focus of Bunch’s first year as commander.