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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.

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Robins talks Ebola protocol for airmen

ID=17312565The woman in charge of managing public health emergencies for Robins Air Force Base calmed concerns about airmen bringing Ebola back home with them after deployments.

Colonel Anita Winkler, chief of aerospace medicine at the 78th Medical Group, called the risk of that happening low for two reasons.

One. she says there are no Robins airmen currently deployed in West Africa.

BREAKING: Third Robins AFB airman's body found in Japan

UPDATE: Officials at Kadena Air Force Base in Nagasaki, Japan said Wednesday morning a search team has found the body of the 3rd airman from Robins Air Force Base swept out to sea by waves during a typhoon on Sunday.

A news release from the base says a combined team of Japanese and U.S. Air Force rescue teams discovered the third body in the water, just a few miles south from where the three airmen were last spotted on the northwest coast of Okinawa.

On Tuesday, Kadena Air Force Base announced they recovered the body of a second airman swept out to sea by waves after a typhoon.

Robins Aero Club open to private pilots


It's not just the Air Force flying planes out of Robins anymore.

As of about a month ago, just about anyone with a pilot's license can do it. People can earn one at the Robins Aero Club.

13WMAZ went Behind the Lines to meet the instructors putting people from outside the base gates, inside the pilot's seat.

Skip Piper runs the Aero Club. His is the voice on the end of the line, when potential pilots call for information.