WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) - The commander of the Air Force Logistics Command says his comments last week about the need for the AFLC staff to improve the quality of its work were meant as encouragement rather than criticism.

Gen. Alfred G. Hansen, speaking Thursday at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, said an on-site inspection team formed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma has found 45 to 50 steps in the process of repairing F-4 jet fuel controls that weren't done properly.However, Hansen said Monday that his comments were not meant as criticism of the Tinker work force.

Instead, Hansen said the Tinker episode showed how well the Air Force's quality improvement efforts were working and that AFLC centers are taking the initiative and finding ways to catch and correct mistakes.