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Hill AFB's highest ranking commander reassigned

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The highest ranking military official at Hill Air Force Base will have a new home before the year is out.

The Department of Defense announced earlier this week that Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr., current commander of Hill's Ogden Air Logistics Complex, will be reassigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. At Wright-Patterson, Baker will serve as director of logistics and sustainment at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command.

Baker will be replaced at Hill by Brig. Gen. Carl A. Buhler, who's currently the director of logistics at the headquarters of Pacific Air Forces, located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Baker held the same position a year before he came to Hill.

Base spokesman Rich Essary said the change of command will likely happen sometime in the fall.

Baker arrived at Hill in July of 2012. As commander of the Ogden ALC, he is responsible for cost, schedule and quality of depot repair, overhaul and modification of the A-10, C-130, F-16, F-22, F-35 and T-38 aircraft, the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile system, and a wide range of commodities, like landing gear, wheels and brakes, rocket motors and other aerospace-related components.

His responsibilities extend to maintenance operations at remote sites in Japan, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, and California, and ICBM wings located in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.

Through his tenure at the base, Baker has seen the base through a host of landmark changes and developments, most notably the acquisition of the F-35 workload for depot maintenance with Lockheed Martin. Depot maintenance on the next generation fighter jet began in September 2013.  The first F-35 to receive depot maintenance at Hill went back into service earlier this year. The Ogden ALC received its second jet, a Dutch F-35, on Feb. 14. A third,Hill's  U.S.-owned jet arrived on March 15.

Baker entered the Air Force in 1979 as an enlisted member and was commissioned in 1985 through Officer Training School after graduation from Southern Illinois University.

Baker has also served on the Davis County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Governors.

The general was out of town Wednesday and unavailable for comment.

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