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Gen. Lindsley takes hands-on approach

Some bosses prefer to orchestrate employees from the four walls of their office, but not Brig. Gen. Walter Lindsley.

The commander of 7,000 mechanics, engineers and software developers at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, prefers being a man among his people.

Lindsley talked about his style, and why he believes it's getting results.

Brig. Gen. Walter Lindsley wanted to schedule his interview with 13WMAZ in his office, but not because it's where he feels most at home.

He said, "I want to make myself accessible. I'm not accessible up here."

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Robins Commander: 'We're seeing positive trends'

The current leader of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex says he intends to drive the work and people there toward "legendary" status.

Brig. Gen. Walter Lindsley took the helm in August, coming in as Robins implemented a new way of producing aircraft.

Lindsley's predecessor, Brig. Gen. Cedric George, implemented it as part of an Air Force wide directive to streamline aircraft maintenance.

Robins old way of doing business had it lagging behind maintenance depots at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Hill in Utah for doing the work on-time.

That's considered a drawback to Robins' ability to keep and attract work.

Lindsley said, "We were taking in six jets and only producing three jets. As you can imagine, the math doesn't add up, and pretty soon, I have twice as many as I am supposed to."

Robins Chaplains support people of all faiths

The United States military fights for our freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom to bear arms and freedom to worship as we choose.

The Chaplain Corps at Robins Air Force Base protects that religious freedom at home and abroad through ministry.

They defend the right to worship freely, even if other airmen's views conflict with their own beliefs.

At the Robins Air Force Base tree lighting ceremony in early December, you would not have heard utterances of '"Seasons Greetings", no mentions of "holiday trees" or talk about celebrations of a "winter solstice".

That gathering of the troops, complete with hymns and prayers, was undeniably Christian.

Robins-union relationship 'Improving'

The number of grievances filed by Robins employees during the past year have stayed roughly the same.

That's despite pledges by the new union leadership to decrease the number of formal complaints alleging workplace violations at Robins.

However, union leaders and base management say those numbers don't tell the full story of their improving relationship.

Executive Vice President at the American Federation of Government Employees Local 987, Charles Howard, has been a union member for 15 years.

He says since the new administration took office last November, their way of doing business has changed. (The new administration officially took over in March. Irregularities were found in the first election, so a second was held in the spring, with the same results.)

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Robins AFB conducts drug searches on base

Officers at Robins Air Force Base today conducted a drug inspection at the base, with the help of drug-sniffing dogs and local law enforcement.

In a base statement, Robins officials said searches were carried out "in a very professional and methodical fashion" but did not say why the searches were conducted or what they found.

Robins Combat Readiness School

Members of Robins 5th Mob, or the 5th Combat Communications Group, are trained in technical fields, but at a moment's notice, they're expected to perform tactical roles.

The Combat Readiness School makes it possible.

13WMAZ went Behind the Lines to experience the techniques used to transform engineers into warriors, in just 11 days.

Recently, a training field on the backside of Robins, sounded and looked like a war zone.

Airmen Evan Lynn said, "The mortars are real. The bangs, everything's real."

The reactions, the adrenaline; the experience. The combat drill is as close to reality as possible.

Deployed Robins airman comes home

Just in time to celebrate our nation's servicemen and women this Veteran's Day, a Robins airman on a year-long deployment in Afghanistan is now back on U.S. soil.

And his stepkids who attend Lake Joy Primary School got a shocking surprise during their art class on Monday morning, as Colonel Kevin Webb walked through the doors.