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August 1, 2022
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WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Robins Air Force Base and the 21st Century Partnership are working on a STEM outreach program for Middle Georgia K-12 schools.
The goal is to get students interested in STEM to work at Robins Air Force Base after completing high school or college.
Program leaders say it can be difficult keeping STEM talent local due to high demand, but the base has more than enough available jobs.
“So science and engineers have always had a lot of available openings in job opportunities on the base,” STEM Outreach Coordinator Charles Goolsby said. “So there’s always a lot of work to do, and we always need good people that’s able to do it.”
Goolsby says the outreach program will be visiting schools across Middle Georgia.
The program is also hosting a STEM expo at the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight Hanger on September 10.
Behind the Lines: 'We've never lost one in combat from any type of enemy fire' 50 years of the F-15 jet
One of the Air Force's top combat jets couldn't perform without the help of Robins Air Force Base.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — This July marks 50 years since the first flight of an F-15 fighter jet. It is still one of the Air Force's top combat mission planes.
"We've never lost one in combat from any type of enemy fire," says Scott Smith, an F-15 test pilot at Robins Air Force Base.
"No other fighter aircraft has the capacity to carry the number of weapons and the size of weapons that the F-15 can carry," says F-15 Program Director Jesse Warren.
The rocket's red glare and bombs bursting in the air from these planes wouldn't happen without Robins Air Force Base.
"14,000 man-hours of work on each of these aircraft as they come in," says Warren.
Maintenance workers at the base's designated 'Eagle County' take the jets down to the bare bones.
"Everybody works as a team to contribute and get that F-15 all the way through that process from coming in a fully combat capable airplane, to the teardown, and then build back up again," says Smith.
They also install upgrades that keep the jet a superior opponent against any threat. There have been many changes since the first jet took off 50 years ago.
"Recently, with a new state-of-the-art mission computer," says Warren. "We're in the process of putting in new radios, a new state-of-the-art electronic warfare system."
Before a plane heads out, pilots like Smith take them out for a test ride.
"So that way, when the fighter unit gets their F-15 back, it should be as close to an original F-15 as we can make it. It should be all repaired and good to go and could go into combat the next day if we need it," says Smith.
The F-15 is the jet central Georgians can thank for the sonic booms often heard in Warner Robins.
Right now, there are a few models in rotation. That includes the single-seat C and D models and the two-seater E models.
The Air Force is also working on a new E-X model. All of the repair and upgrade work for that jet will also happen at Robins.
"I'd like to see some of the smaller universities and colleges compete," Warnock said.
Warnock calls it a bipartisan $280 billion investment in STEM, workforce training, and research and development.
He says, the funding should help universities in Central Georgia compete against UGA and Georgia Tech.
"I was born and raised in Georgia, educated in our state. I know we have the best and brightest minds in Georgia. We hope to both maintain the incredible talent that we have in Warner Robins and in middle Georgia and also attract others," Warnock said.
Middle Georgia State University Department of Natural Sciences, Chair Dawn Sherry says, the funding could provide new equipment to her students.
"That would be great because I think that would, in turn, keep people in this area and not having them more off to more traditional tech sites, like California or New York," Sherry said.
“Every service has their own interpretation of JADC2. The Department of Air Force is ABMS, the Army is Project Convergence and I think the Navy and Marine Corps … [Project] Overmatch. All different. I’ve looked at all of the documentation associated with all three. We are not aligned with what we need to be to be interoperable to be able to fight together,” Wanda Jones-Heath, the principal cyber adviser for the Air Force and Space Force, said Tuesday at the annual Air Force Summit hosted by the Potomac Officers Club.
“Someone needs to just push us where we need to go because we are way out here, everybody’s doing their own part. We’re investing tremendously in those capabilities, but we just need to take step back, we need some leadership to push us in the right direction,” Jones-Heath said.
The internship is a partnership between the Department of Defense and Bibb and Houston County's Board of Education. It's paid and lasts for four years. In an intern's third year, they're placed with a squadron at Robins. The goal is to create a pipeline for graduates to come back and work on base.
Maxwell Joyner recently graduated from Warner Robins High School, and in a few weeks, he'll move into his freshman dorm at Alabama A&M University. "I'm very excited. I always wanted to go to an HBCU and I was able to get the choice to go there with a full ride. That was my goal, so I've been blessed," Joyner said.
Joyner is one of 50 interns at Project Synergy. This summer, he's working on an app to help determine whether or not airplane can take off at Robins.
Air Force Sustainment Center Celebrates
a Decade of Service
Published July 26, 2022
By Angela Startz
Air Force Sustainment Center Public Affairs
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --
The Air Force Sustainment Center was created in 2012 to streamline the sustainment needs for weapon systems from around the world, evaluating their status, stripping them down, repairing, re-assembling and painting them, and getting them back in the air as quickly as possible.
The U.S. Air Force was challenged by the U.S. Congress during the Sequestration budget crisis to find more efficient ways of operating. What was once only an idea coalesced into a real possibility on a 2011 flight from Afghanistan to the U.S., when a four-star general brought the subject up to a plane of commanders.
“We told the general, there’s a concept we’ve been thinking about for 10 years prior,” said then-Maj. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, “and that is to take a more enterprise approach to how we do business in the Air Force Materiel Command. That was the generation of the thought that `now is the time to do something different’. So the five-center construct was born.”
As the concept of the five centers under AFMC matured (eventually expanding to a sixth center), leaders decided to look past simply consolidating locations and creating efficiencies in workflow and to look at how the U.S. Air Force could get the most potential out of national assets and capabilities and the human capital that were already in place.
Lt. Gen. Tom Miller, current AFSC commander, who was a colonel at the time, co-led a team of 50 officers and senior civilians tasked with the creation of the Air Force Sustainment Center. “We wanted to make sure we would do no harm to the mission we were doing as we were transforming,” said Miller. “We threw a big net to hear voices from all locations and there were numerous incredible leaders that worked tirelessly to make sure that the creation went in the right direction.”
Bennett Sheet Metal, Sparta, Georgia (FA8501-22-D-0008); CYE Enterprises Inc., Jacksonville, Florida (FA8501-22-D-0009); and Maloof Weathertight Solutions LLC, Warner Robins, Georgia (FA8501-22-D-0010), have been awarded a $9,000,000 multi-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract supports site preparation, demolition, repair, replacement and minor construction necessary to provide adequacy to the exteriors of facilities, warehouses and hangars at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Work will be performed at Robins AFB, Georgia, and is expected to be completed by July 21, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and seven offers were received. The minimum obligated amount of $2,000 each will be obligated at the time of award. Air Force Sustainment Center Operational Contracting, Robins AFB, Georgia, is the contracting activity.