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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) -- After an eight-year absence from Hill Air Force Base, Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Sullivan will succeed Maj. Gen. Scott Bergren as commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center.
Bergren, who has been Ogden commander since January 2000, is retiring in July.
Sullivan, who is slated to get his second star within the next month or so, currently is director of logistics readiness in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics in Washington.
His previous service at Hill was as chief over the commodities directorate and later the director of the aircraft directorate at the Ogden Air Logistics Center.
"What I'm excited about is getting back to Hill," Sullivan told the Standard-Examiner Thursday from his office at the Pentagon.
The 28-year Air Force veteran received word from Air Force officials Thursday that he would become commander at the Ogden ALC.
"I'm most excited about the fact that (the ALC) is a great center," he told the Standard-Examiner. "It has great people on base and great community support."
Sullivan said he enjoyed his time at Hill, and he and his family are ecstatic about returning.
Sullivan said his experiences as inspector general for Headquarters Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson AFB and with other system centers have given him a solid background and "some understanding of how the other centers are working."
He was also around for the 1995 round of Base Realignment and Closure and will likely be at Hill for the scheduled 2005 round.
"I'll be honest with you about that, it's too early for me to comment," Sullivan said. "We'll just kind of cross that as it comes."
Bergren, Hill's 33rd commander, began at the base in January 2001 and has been the longest-serving Air Force commander the base has had.
He told base employees at his quarterly Commander's Call in April that it would probably be his last.
Bergren flew more than 200 combat missions as an F-4 weapons system officer and navigator with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing during the Vietnam war. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry in action.
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