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Behind the Lines: Mobility Unit prepares Robins airmen to deploy


Every week at Robins Air Force base, airmen get the call to leave home and head for far-away destinations.

13WMAZ went Behind the Lines to see how the mobility section boils deployments down to a science.

Before airmen can take off, they have to land a seat in a deployment class.

 

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Saudi Arabia seeks Robins AFB partnership


A new business venture with Robins Air Force Base and the Royal Saudi Air Force could pay off big for local industry.

The Kingdom wants to utilize the same industries that support Robins, the hub of the F-15 aircraft the Saudis use.

The F-15 aircraft is the source of business potential.

Around 50 companies, both local and national, came to "Industry Day" at the Museum of Aviation to pitch their business.

Lt. Col. Jeff Hamblin, the Foreign Military Sales Branch Chief, explains Saudi Leaders have allocated 2.5 billion dollars to Robins Air Force Base, which will be spent on five business contracts that will support the Royal Saudi Air Force.

RAFB's 116th Air Control Wing gets new commander


The 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base got a new commander Saturday.

Nearly 1,200 people make up the 116th, and after two and half years, Colonel Kevin Clotfelter handed the controls over to the new leader.

Robins' technician puts planes back in flight


Heroes come in all forms, even those who some might consider "behind the scenes."

The airmen above need help from those with their feet on the ground.

"Something as simple as a piece of avionics equipment. If that's not working properly in the airplane, the airplane can't fly."

It might be simple for Staff Sergeant Thorval Munksgaard. However, in Robins' Air Logistics Center, he works with complicated components.

"I've always been interested in electronics," he explains. "When I decided to join the Air Force, this seemed like it would be a really good career for me to pursue. >

He recently helped solve a problem that left the entire Air Force B-52 fleet stuck on the ground.

"That means the mission's not getting done," says Munksgaard. "The mission has to get done."

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Robins Air Force Base gets new installation commander


Robins Air Force Base welcomed a new commander Thursday morning.

The passing of the flag served as the passing of the torch from Colonel Chris Hill to Colonel Jeff King.

He is now the installation and 78th Air Base Wing as installation commander.

"A change in face really isn't a change in mission," King says.

He served as commander of the 18th Maintenance Group at the Kadena Air Base in Japan.

"We've done everything we can to ensure a smooth transition."

King has met several times with former commander, Colonel Hill, to learn more about operations at Robins

"The difference is just understanding the people and processes behind making that happen here," King explains.

Robins leaders travel to Tinker


Several leaders in the Robins Air Force Base community flew to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma this week.

They went for a Change of Command ceremony Friday for the General in charge of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker.

Lt. General Lee Levy took command from retiring Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, as commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center.

That's the complex that oversees operations at Robins.

The group of 14 included Congressman Austin Scott, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert, Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms, and Houston Commission Chairman, Tommy Stalnaker.

Stalnaker said it's important that the Air Force recognize Central Georgia's support, in order for the military to keep investing in Robins' future.

Behind the Lines: Elite Guard Robins first defense


Always vigilant and always ready.

The Robins Air Force Base Elite Guard stands between the base gates and potential threats. 13WMAZ went "Behind the Lines" to see how they thwart attacks and handle controversies directed at their duties.

Before dawn or until after dusk, the two-dozen elite guard members stand on the lookout. Their antennas are attuned to anything out of the ordinary.

"If a driver is doing anything suspicious or doesn't belong here," Sgt. John Duffin said.