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BRIDGE the Gap between Robins AFB and the community, while connecting people
ADVANCE creative solutions in innovation and technology, building capability for the future
SUPPORT schools in STEM, primarily Robotics, to build the workforce of the future for RAFB
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July 25, 2022

PeachState Hospitality continues to invest in the work of the 21st Century Partnership.

Thank you for your support. 
Please be sure to visit Courtyard Marriott, Candlewood Suites and Fairfield Inn all located in Warner Robins for your hotel needs. 
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A BIG Thank You to Linda and Eddie Wiggins

for their continued support to the 21st Century Partnership. 

Always faithful and dedicated to the work of the Partnership- We appreciate you!!

Robins Air Force Base and the 21st Century Partnership came together to officially establish an enduring partnership to drive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) efforts in our schools across the Middle Georgia region.

John Kubinec, left, 21st Century Partnership chief executive officer, Edward Ayer, center, Air Force Sustainment Center Engineering and Technical Management-Robins director, and Col. Lindsay Droz, Robins Installation and 78th Air Base Wing commander, sign a partnership proclamation at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, June 18, 2022. The event symbolically kicked off a partnership between AFSC engineering and the 21st Century Partnership Middle Georgia Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics outreach office. The partnership’s purpose is to provide STEM outreach activities and opportunities to the communities within the Middle Georgia area. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tommie Horton)


Both parties will combine their efforts, knowledge, and years of experience to extend STEM outreach to more of Middle Georgia. They are teaming to bring that experience to students and the community through programs such as FIRST Inspire, STEM education, and mentorship. The shared vision of this partnership is to increase positive STEM exposure at the middle, junior high, high school and college levels - to increase the number of potential future STEM workforce members for Robins AFB and the Middle Georgia community.
The 78th Air base Wing, AFSC/EN OL-Robins STEM Outreach Office and the 21st Century Partnership Middle Georgia STEM Alliance (MGSA) established and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to codify the relationship on July 18th, 2022. The agreement was signed by Mr. Edward W. Ayer (SES, DAF Director of Engineering and Technical Management Operating Location-Robins), Brigadier General (ret.) John Kubinec (CEO 21st Century Partnership), and Colonel Lindsay C. Droz (Commander, 78th Air Base Wing), recognizing the support each organization has in forwarding these efforts.
With all organizations highly involved in various STEM efforts and events in and around the Middle Georgia area, this MOU will create opportunities in STEM Outreach activities to the communities within and around the Middle Georgia area. The MOU identifies the general roles and responsibilities of the parties per the agreement, and lays a unified way forward in cooperating and working together to achieve the ultimate goals.

AFRC SA sews on history-making stripe

  • Published July 20, 2022
  • By Staff Sgt. Joshua King
  • OSI Public Affairs

Sometimes destiny comes knocking, other times it kicks the door in.

Chief Master Sgt. Erik Powell experienced the latter 16 years ago, when he witnessed the Office of Special Investigations raid an apartment near his friend’s residence and arrest two drug-dealers, with the help of agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Shortly after seeing OSI in action, Powell began his own process of joining the agency.

Powell’s OSI journey brought him to an historic milestone: the first Active Guard/Reserve chief master sergeant in the agency’s history. Powell’s rise to the top Air Force enlisted rank was observed during a promotion ceremony at Air Force Reserve Command Headquarters, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, June 30, 2022. His effective date of promotion was July 1, 2022. 

“It is an honor, it is a blessing, it is the accumulation of a lot of peoples hard work,” said Powell. “It signifies that the command cares about the AGR’s and career progression.”

Previously, there was one senior master sergeant and 10 master sergeants in the Air Force Reserve Command OSI hierarchy. At the beginning of fiscal year 2024 there will be one chief, three senior master sergeants and 10 master sergeants.

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New program to cut child care costs for military families coming to more states

 Jul 20, 06:28 PM

A program aimed at reducing child care costs and providing options for military parents is coming to more states.

The Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood-Plus program will expand to the Miami-Dade County area in September, to Texas in October and to Colorado in November, said Gilbert Cisneros, Jr., undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

The program, which began in 2019 in Maryland and Virginia, expanded to Nevada in September 2021, and to Washington state in February.

“We’ll continue our concerted effort to educate states on what Military Child Care In Your Neighborhood-Plus can do and encourage their participation, especially in those states where our military families are stationed,” Cisneros said during the Military Child Education Coalition’s Global Summit Wednesday. “We are looking forward to more states joining us in the coming days.”

He said DoD officials are in discussions with officials in California, North Carolina and additional counties in Florida.

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AFMC celebrates 30 years of being ‘the command with answers’

July 15, 2022
AFMC controls a third of Air Force budget from Wright-Patterson

One of the Air Force’s most crucial commands is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Air Force Materiel Command was borne of the merger of Air Force Logistics Command and Air Force Systems Command in July 1992, uniting an organization that today controls more than a third of the Air Force budget, shepherding planes, weapons and a host of other tangible goods from cradle to grave.

The command emerged after the end of the Cold War and Desert Storm, as the Air Force was shrinking, reinventing itself and searching for new efficiencies.

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Air Force Offering Even More Enlistment Bonuses for Certain Career Fields—Here They Are

July 15, 2022 | By Greg Hadley

acing a tough recruiting environment that Air Force Recruiting Service commander Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas recently likened to a “week-to-week dogfight,” the Air Force has expanded its list of jobs that are eligible for initial enlistment bonuses, hoping to entice more potential Airmen.

All told, 22 Air Force Speciality Codes are now eligible for some sort of enlistment bonus—some for four-year contracts, some for six-year deals, and some for both. 

That marks a dramatic increase from the beginning of fiscal 2022, when just nine AFSCs were on the list. In April, the Air Force added six career fields, followed by more on July 11. The bonuses will be available until Sept. 30, 2022.

Many of the career fields added this week are in maintenance and offer $6,000 for six-year contracts and $3,000 for four-year deals. The speciality codes are:

  • 2A634, Aircraft Fuel Systems
  • 2A636, Aircraft Electrical & Environmental Systems
  • 2F031, Fuels
  • 2M031, Missile & Space Systems Electronic Maintenance
  • 2M032, Missile & Space Systems Maintenance
  • 2M033, Missile & Space Facilities
  • 2T331, Mission Generation Vehicular Equipment Maintenance
  • 2W131, Aircraft Armament Systems

Bigger bonuses ranging from $12,000 to $20,000 are available to those who sign six-year contracts for computer-focused fields including:

  • 1D731A, Network Operations
  • 1D731B, Systems Operations
  • 1D731D, Security Operations
  • 1D731E, Client Systems Operations

The Air Force is also still offering a “Quick Ship” bonus in which an already fully qualified applicant will get $8,000 to fill a short-notice Basic Military Training vacancy and ship out within five days or less. Thus far, AFRS said in a release, 178 recruits have taken advantage of the Quick Ship bonus.

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