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Maj. Gen. McMahon to Retire June 15th

The Commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Major Gen. Robert McMahon, will retire June 15th.

Tuesday, McMahon reflected on his 34 years in the Air Force and past twenty months at Robins.

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In the Fall of 2010, McMahon took command of the Air Logistics Center and the 16,000 people who make it work.

He said, "Whats made this assignment so special for Hope and I has been the men and women who have gotten the job done each and every day, the leadership that has helped to accomplish all that's been done, and finally a community that truly appreciates all this base does."

He says then, the work force was first class, but lacked focus. McMahon believes the WR-ALC regained that under his leadership.

Maj. Gen. McMahon said, "They achieved that, and with everybody pulling the wagon in the same direction, have been able to receive absolutely remarkable results."

He's most proud of cleaning-up environmental issues that may have affected workers' health. McMahon said, "We've gone from the outhouse to the penthouse."

He praised the on-time delivery of aircraft, which doubled during his tenure. McMahon said, "That means were supporting the warfighter in a way that they believe we ought to, and they've become our biggest fan."

McMahon said Robins and its leadership will face challenges. He will be replaced by Brigadier General Cedric George. George will share the leadership role with Col. Mitch Butikofer, who is currently serving at Robins.

The two will share in the leadership role as the Air Logistics Center transitions to an Air Logistics Complex, as part of a Department of Defense reorganization.

McMahon said, "The challenges that both General George and Col. Butikofer have to deal with are financial challenges, and the $487 billion that will have to come out of the defense budget."

He belives both men are well prepare to take the reins, as he takes on a self-assigned new mission: caring for his lifelong wingman and wife, Hope.

McMahon said, "I will focus my energy on making sure that dinner is ready, the house is clean, the laundry is complete and that I can take care of her the same way she has taken care of me."

Maj. Gen. McMahon said he and his wife plan to stay in Central Georgia. They recently bought a house in Kathleen.

He said he plans to work again in the future, possibly as a consultant, but said he's not thinking about that until his retirement date.

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