UD, WSU grad to be new Air Force Life Cycle Management Center director

Kathy L. Watern, a graduate of both Wright State University and the University of Dayton, will take over the headquarters post, replacing Patsy J. Reeves, who will retire.

Watern, who has held numerous jobs in financial management and acquisition at Wright-Patterson, is an Air Force deputy assistant secretary for cost and economics in Washington, D.C.

The newly appointed AFLCMC civilian leader was unavailable for an interview Friday.

AFLCMC has 26,000 military and civilian employees in 77 locations who are responsible for the “cradle-to-grave” life cycle of thousands of aircraft, munitions, engines and electronics. Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson is the military commander in charge of the organization.

Watern also has been the chief financial official in the F-15, F-22 and air combat program systems offices at Wright-Patterson, a biography says.

She has a Wright State bachelor of science degree in accounting, and a University of Dayton master’s of business administration degree. She began her federal civil service career in 1984, according to Wright-Patterson.

Reeves, who was among two dozen 24 senior executives nationwide last year who received a Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, will conclude a 35-year Air Force career next month. Her retirement was announced in January.

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