Key Air Force command welcomes new commander Monday
Based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the AFMC manages more than a third of the Air Force’s budget, manages and distributes funds across multiple facilities, supports research and development, and many other tasks. . The command includes more than 87,000 civilian and uniformed Airmen at bases around the world.
Wright-Patterson is Ohio’s largest single-site employer, with more than 32,000 military and civilian employees.
Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Air Force Chief of Staff, is expected to preside over the change of command, and other senior Air Force and force leaders space should be present.
Bunch will retire immediately following the ceremony, the AFMC said. He and his wife Caroline would return to native Tennessee where Bunch would become superintendent of schools in Hamblen County.
Richardson serves in the Pentagon as a military deputy, office of the Air Force Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
He will pin his fourth star in a private ceremony with members of his family before taking command and becoming a full general.
According to his Air Force biography, Richardson’s career began in 1983 with his enlistment as an avionics technician. He earned a degree in electrical engineering through the Airman Education and Commissioning Program and attended the Air Force Officers Training School where he earned his commission as an NCO. lieutenant in September 1989.
His career in acquisition and materiel first brought him to Wright-Patterson in 1997 where he supported the F-15 System Program Office. He also held several leadership positions at the Aviation Systems Center and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson, including as Vice Commander of the AFLCMC.
Richardson is originally from Tucson, Arizona. He and his wife, Dede, have four children and six grandchildren.