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Camellia Garden memorial service held at Robins

Memorial Day is Monday, but Robins Air Force Base held their Camellia Garden Memorial Service Thursday morning.

Hundreds gathered at Robins to remember those past and present who have lost their lives in service to our country.

Bells rang as the names of more than seventy people were read, something Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms says hits close to home.

"The number of people mentioned today and honored today all served primarily here in my hometown where I grew up, where many of my family members also served here, and some are serving here at Robins, so it's a humbling experience," said Toms.

The Camellia Garden Memorial Service has been going on for the last 39 years.

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Robins Air Force Base wants to prevent workers' falls

Workers who could experience falls at Robins Air Force Base, were shown demonstrations on how to prevent them.

"We do use harnesses quite a bit because we do a lot of [working on hoists]," said Juan Solis. Solis is a maintenance worker and says his work can put him up to 135 feet in the air. He says the demonstration is a great way to reinforce what workers have already learned.

"It could range from CE to telecommunications to a wide variety of folks all across the installation," said Scott Eck, the Installation Chief of Safety.

Eck says injury should not be part of the job description.

"Everybody should expect when they come to work, to come to work, do their job and go back home to their families at the end of the day," he said.

Robins, U.S. military bases increase security amid national threat

Because of heightened concerns about terrorist threats, Robins Air Force Base, and all domestic military bases nationwide, upgraded their threat condition status from Alpha to Bravo.

The Military Times reports Admiral Bill Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, raised the force protection level Friday.

The order comes after last weekend's shooting in Garland, Texas. A traffic officer shot and killed two men after they wounded a security guard.

The shooting happened outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. One of the shooters, Elton Simpson, converted to Islam and had ties to the militant group ISIS.

Force protection Bravo means added security measures inside military bases and extra scrutiny for anyone attempting to come onto the installation.

Roland Leach, Public Affairs Officer for Robins issued a statement which reads:

Military raises security measures at bases nationwide

Military raises security measures at bases nationwide

The four-star commander who oversees U.S. military operations in North America ordered domestic military bases nationwide to increase their force protection measures amid heightened concern about terrorist threats.

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of the Colorado-based U.S. Northern Command, raised military installations' force protection level to "Bravo" after months of maintaining it at "Alpha," the lowest level of security, a defense official said Friday.

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Robins F-15 shops doing more work on time

Robins workers in the F-15 shops reached a milestone.

After more than a year of changing the way they make repairs, they're not only producing more aircraft, but producing them on time.

The F-15 maintenance workers are known as the Eagle Keepers. They are the men and women who tear down, build-up and return to flight the F-15s at Robins.

But for several years, they didn't return enough of them to the Air Force fleet. For 22 months none, as in zero, went back to service on-time.

That's changing, says Air Logistics Complex Commander Brigadier General Walter Lindsley.

Behind the Lines: Air Force Reserve video production


Each month, we take you Behind the Lines at Robins Air Force Base to feature the work of the 22,000 employees there.

The jobs range from the exotic to the obscure, and some people do work similar to what we do at 13WMAZ. We visited the Air Force Reserve's Video Production Unit to see the many ways they share their mission and message.

When we arrived, we watched what looked like a real broadcast. The host on the set said, "Good morning New York. Thank you so much for joining us today."

Few concerned about being told "have a blessed day"

UPDATE: Robins Air Force Base officials reversed themselves late Thursday, saying it's OK for gate guards to greet people with "Have a blessed day."

That came several hours after a base spokesman said they had banned the phrase because they believed it violated Air Force regulations against endorsement of religion. Dozens of people criticized the ban, online and in person, after 13WMAZ reported on it earlier Thursday.

Robins released this statement at 6:17 p.m. Thursday:

"We are a professional organization defended by a professional force. Our defenders portray a professional image that represents a base all of Middle Georgia can be proud of. Defenders have been asked to use the standard phrase 'Welcome to Team Robins' in their greeting and can add various follow-on greetings as long as they remain courteous and professional.