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Under Secretary Lord visits AFSC, OC-ALC

Hon. Lord touching elbows with Lt. Gen. Kirkland in front of aircraft.

Hon. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, greets Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland, Air Force Sustainment Center commander at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 18, 2020. Lord visited Tinker AFB to gain an overall understanding of the Air Force Sustainment Center’s mission as the supporting command for readiness in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

Hon. Lord looking at metal gasket held by Jason McCurry.

Jason McCurry, 76th Commodities Maintenance Group REACT Branch flight chief, shows off the first additively manufactured metal component that was successfully tested on an Air Force engine to the Hon. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, during her visit to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 18, 2020. Additively manufactured components, also known as 3D printing, have the potential to save time and improve efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

Hon. Lord looking at jet engine kit with Brig. Gen. King.

Brig. Gen. Jeff King, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (ALC) commander, describes the kitting process used across the ALC to the Hon. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, during her visit to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 18, 2020. Kits, like this one for the F108 engine, maximize mechanic touch time and eliminate waste while providing a quality product in support of mission requirement. A robust kitting program is an essential element for optimizing production performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

Two people looking at empty jet engine test cell.

The Hon. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, speaks with Scott Tope, 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group Engine Test Support Section chief, while touring a T-9 Engine Test Cell at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 18, 2020. The “Cannon” engine test cell is one of four units that have been relocated to Tinker AFB from various Air Force bases around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

Group of Airmen and Civilians talking inside jet engine repair area.

The Hon. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment (center), speaks with with members of the 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group in the F135 engine line during a visit to the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC) at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 18, 2020. OC-ALC was the nation's first military maintenance and repair depot for the F135 engine that powers the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

Group of Airmen and Civilians looking at TV with aircraft undergoing maintenance in background.

Mark Estorga, 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director, describes the programmed depot maintenance process for the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft to the Hon. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. Lord visited Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, on Aug. 18, 2020, to get an understanding of the Air Force Sustainment Center mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

Hon. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, visited Tinker Air Force Base August 18, 2020, to gain an overall understanding of the Air Force Sustainment Center’s mission as the supporting command for readiness in the Air Force.