December 10, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced the Senate confirmations of the appointments of two Oklahoma generals. Air Force Maj. Gen. Harry M. “Bud” Wyatt III, currently serving as the Adjutant General of Oklahoma, was confirmed last evening to his appointment as the Director of the Air National Guard. Air Force Maj. Gen. Loren M. Reno, serving as commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Air Force Material Command at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, was confirmed on Monday evening to his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support. Both officers will be promoted to the grade of Lieutenant General in their new roles.
“The confirmations of Major General Wyatt as the Director of the Air National Guard and Major General Reno as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support will greatly benefit both our state and our nation,” Senator Inhofe said. “Both of these officers are fine men who have worked hard on behalf of the state of Oklahoma and our United States Armed Forces; no one could be more deserving of these honors.
“General Wyatt’s leadership of the Oklahoma National Guard as the Adjutant General has been nothing short of flawless. Since 2003, he has successfully overseen an increase in operations and deployments of the men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard. His dedication to duty and tireless devotion to his state and nation have been paralleled by few in my experience as a Member of Congress for over 20 years. I am confident that under his leadership, the United States Air National Guard will see the same success that General Wyatt has brought to each organization in which he has served.
“I had the opportunity to travel with General Wyatt to the Middle East and Africa on a week-long congressional delegation earlier this year, and had the chance to speak to him extensively about the threats our nation faces and the demands these threats have placed on our National Guard and Reserve. We also spoke about the impact that current operations are having on Guard equipment and personnel. General Wyatt is more than professionally acquainted with these issues, as his son is an Army Captain who recently returned from his service in Iraq with the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. I was heartened by the great degree of conviction with which General Wyatt believes in the ability of the Guard and Reserve to meet these demands, and I know he will lead the Air National Guard with that same skill and conviction.
“Major General Reno has served Oklahoma with distinction in his years as the Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. Tinker is the third largest employer in Oklahoma, and General Reno helped shepherd through one of the biggest growth opportunities for the Base with the joint acquisition between the Air Force and local community of the abandoned GM plant that is located adjacent to the base. Because of this partnership, our state stands to make great economic gains by attracting new businesses as well as further integrating Tinker into the Oklahoma City community. At Tinker, he worked to ensure the Air Logistics Center provided effective and efficient weapon system acquisition and sustainment, depot maintenance, purchasing and supply chain management, and installation, information and services support.
“In his new role as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support at Air Force Headquarters at the Pentagon, Major General Reno will be responsible to the Chief of Staff for leadership, management and integration of Air Force logistics, readiness, aircraft and missile maintenance, civil engineering and security forces. He will also help set policy and prepare budget estimates that reflect enhancements to productivity, combat readiness and quality of life for members of the Air Force. The Air Staff is gaining an officer of strong moral character and dedication to his job and nation, and I look forward to continue working with him from his new post.”