Top Civilian at Wright-Patterson's Largest Command Named

Patricia M. Young
Patricia M. Young

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — A Wright State University graduate will become the top civilian at the largest command at Wright-Patterson, the Air Force said.

Patricia M. Young will take over as executive director at the Air Force Materiel Command, the same place she began her career in the logistics directorate in 1985. Currently, the Pentagon senior executive is director of the Washington Headquarters Services.

As AFMC executive director, she will have oversight of small business programs, negotiate with civilian labor unions, and oversee the development of the workforce, according to Air Force. She also will be a chief adviser to AFMC commander Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski.

AFMC has about 80,000 military personnel and civilian employees at eight major bases in the United States and manages a budget of about $60 billion. Seventy percent of AFMC's workforce are civilian employees, and the command employs 40 percent of the civilians in the Air Force.

Young will replace Michael A. Gill, who retires April 1 after a 34-year Air Force civilian career.

Headquartered at Wright-Patterson, AFMC develops and buys Air Force weapon systems.

In recent years, AFMC has consolidated into six primary centers from 12 — including the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson -- and eliminated nearly 600 jobs at its headquarters in cost-cutting moves.

Young was out of the office and unavailable for comment Friday.

The senior executive oversees 4,000 employees and a $1.2 billion budget at Washington Headquarters Services. The agency provides security, information technology, communications, human resources and other services for about 100,000 Defense Department personnel in the Washington, D.C., region, according to WHS.

Young was also a former assistant deputy chief of staff of logistics, installations and missions support at Air Force headquarters and spent 12 years in different roles with the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. She earned both a bachelor's and master's degrees at Wright State, according to her biography.

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