Middle Georgia officials have warned of an immediate $83 million impact around Robins Air Force base if automatic federal spending cuts take effect Friday. Retired Major General David Bockel talks more about the defense-related impacts of the federal sequester in Georgia.
Middle Georgia could face an almost immediate $83 million hit to its economy if automatic Pentagon budget cuts take effect March 1, according to a new estimate from the non-profit 21st Century Partnership, which advocates for Robins Air Force Base.
Robins Air Force Base officials say 1st Lt. Brian Johnson is scheduled to be awarded a Bronze Star medal during a ceremony Friday at the base in middle Georgia. Johnson serves with the base's 78th Medical Group and is being honored for his service as executive officer for a military surgical team in Afghanistan.
Despite Washington making a deal on taxes, military bases and their host communities could still be devastated by automatic federal spending cuts, said Robert McMahon, the recently-retired top general at Robins Air Force Base.
Robins Air Force Base officials said Thursday that Col. Christopher Hill will be the next 78th Air Base Wing and installation commander. Hill currently works as deputy commander for maintenance at the base's Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex.
The former top commander at Robins Air Force Base says threat of automatic spending cuts due to take effect January 2nd is already slowing business between base officials and defense contractors that together account for the bulk of local employment.