The former top general at Robins Air Force Base believes Middle Georgia has to confront negative stereotypes about the region. Retired Gen. Bob McMahon stepped down Sunday as head of the 21st Century Partnership, a nonprofit that works to protect the base from closure.
What will the U.S. Air Force look like in the future? If a series of 42 recommendations by a task force to study the Air Force are approved by Congress, it’ll look smaller, especially in Warner Robins. One of the recommendations in the report by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force calls for eliminating the Air Force Reserve Command.
Warner Robins will pick a mayor Tuesday, or at least narrow the wide open six-way field down to two. Nothing less than the future of the city itself hangs in the balance, said voter Ron Collins who is retired from the construction industry.
Furloughed civilian employees at military bases across Georgia headed back to work Monday morning, after Congress passed a bill late last week ending furloughs for Defense Department employees who provide direct support for the military.
Robins Air Force Base won't see a dramatic decline in planes coming into the Georgia base for overhauls. In March, base officials announced that as a result of across-the-board federal spending cuts, 28 fewer planes would be coming in for overhaul this fiscal year. However, officials now say only one plane will be delayed to the next fiscal year.
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Georgia, 8th) was one of a minority of Republicans who voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011. As civilian Defense Department employees undergo unpaid furloughs, Scott says Congress must reverse the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
A maintenance team from Robins Air Force Base is spending a few months on the road helping colleagues get caught up with repair work in Utah. Crews at Hill Air Force Base have been working for months on a backlog of plane maintenance and repairs.