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84th Combat Sustainment Wing welcomes new director

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah-- -- When Ross Marshall got his first job at the Ogden Air Logistics Center, he planned to work as an engineer for landing gear; something he planned on doing for only a few years before going to the private sector. However, he quickly decided he liked the people he worked with, and with so many different things to do at the center, it would be a mistake for him to leave.

Twenty-five years and multiple assignments later, Mr. Marshall has returned to Hill Air Force Base and assumed command of the 84th Combat Sustainment Wing as its director.

"Words cannot express my excitement in returning to Hill (AFB)," Mr. Marshall said. "There is nowhere else on earth I'd rather be, and I'm thrilled to be joining the 84th Combat Sustainment Wing."

As he begins his new job, Mr. Marshall said he's going to continue doing what he's done for a long time -- focus on being a people person.

"It's all about people," he said. "You don't lead processes, policies and procedures ... you lead people."

He said it's important for everyone, especially those in leadership positions, to mentor those around them when they need it so they can reach their full potentials and obtain whatever goals they may have in their careers.

It's important not to forget about the wing's mission of supporting the warfighter while focusing on the wing's people though, he said.

"It can be difficult to relate to the warfighter because they are so far away from us," Mr. Marshall said. "They are the reason we're here and we mustn't lose sight of that."

While in command of the 84 CSW, Mr. Marshall said his biggest goal is to do whatever he can to make his wing better and take it from "good to great."

"My goal is to take the wing to the next level and integrate us with the center even more than we already have," he said. "I'm going to focus on making the center and Hill (AFB) the best there are."

One way he said he was going to accomplish this is by trying to work more closely with each wing on base. Rather than each wing out there doing its own thing, helping the center become more efficient than it already is, is one goal.