AFMC met its cost-savings objective for the second fiscal year in a row, saving more than $2.5 billion in fiscal 2017, the base announced in June.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said Pawlikowski will have “a lasting legacy of outstanding leadership.”
“Gen. Pawlikowski’s era of leadership greatly grew Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s contributions to the Air Force’s missions and our national security,” Turner said in a statement. “Her service at Materiel Command has been inspirational for all who have worked under and with her, and her exemplary performance in her role has increased the importance of that command.”
Pawlikowski, a native of Bloomfield, New Jersey, was the first woman to become a second lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Nearly 40 years later, she served as honorary grand marshal of the New York City Veterans Day parade.
When she attended the University of California at Berkley early in her career to earn a doctorate in chemical engineering, ROTC students met early in the morning to have time to change out of their uniform for the rest of the day’s classes because of concerns about their security on campus, she said. It was the era when President Carter had re-instituted Select Service registration for the draft. She once reflected with the Dayton Daily News about the change in attitude toward veterans over the decades.
“I have to tell you, it was a very, very strange experience for me the first time I was walking through an airport and somebody walked up to me and thanked me for (my) service,” Pawlikowski said.
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Staff Writer Barrie Barber, who died in June, contributed reporting.