Col. Hill Becomes RAFB Installation Commander

6:20 PM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
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The new Installation Commander at Robins Air Force Base says he has some "big shoes to fill."

Col. Christopher Hill stepped into the job held by Col. Mitch Butikofer for the past 18 months.

During a change of command ceremony at the Museum of Aviation Friday, Hill came before a crowd of airmen, civilians and the off-base community as a familiar face.

He first got to know Robins from 2002 to 2004 during an assignment with the J-STARS.

Hill came back to Robins a few years ago, working in the Air Logistics Complex as Deputy Commander of Maintenance.

He said, "It's the only place in 22 years I've been twice. So, Robins Air Force Base feels as much like home as any place we've ever been in the Air Force."

His background is in maintenance. Hill's new job is comparable to being a mayor or CEO.

Like his predecessor, Col. Mitch Butikofer, Hill will now command a staff 4,600 strong, manage base infrastructure and facilities and control a $257-million budget.

It's a budget that continues to shrink.

Hill said, "It is very difficult for me to predict the future, but what I can say is that we are committed to taking care of all our employees, airmen, officers, enlisted, civilians."

He faces challenges ahead. Thousands received furlough notices last week.

It's a stressful time, but Hill says he's learned the job watching Butikofer.

He said, "You won't see many changes from me out of the chute. My objective the first 90 days is to listen, learn, and lead."

As he accepted command, Hill said he was focused on one vision. He said, "We are committed to making today better than yesterday, and tomorrow better than today."

Butikofer is leaving Robins for an assignment at the Pentagon.

Hill said he planned to hold his first meeting with base leadership Friday afternoon.

Lt. General Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center Commander, officiated the ceremony.

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