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Chance to Win a Wedding Giveaway: 'A Salute to Love'

Chance to Win a Wedding Giveaway: 'A Salute to Love'

Are you engaged and an active duty miltiary couple between rank E1 through E5?

Plantation Farms and Moulliet Productions teamed up to offer a "A Complete Wedding Giveaway."  

You are invited to submit a short, two-minute video via YouTube or write a quick one-page essay explaining why they are the ideal couple to win "A Complete Wedding Giveaway."

You could win a wedding package that includes the venue, photography, bridal dress, cake, catering, officiant, floral arrangements and DJ. See the site for more details on what's included in the giveaway.

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Flint Energies Turns 75 Years Old

Flint Energies Turns 75 Years Old


REYNOLDS/WARNER ROBINS/UPATOI – Flint Energies turns 75 years old today, according to Sr. Vice President Jimmy Autry. The not-for-profit member-owned electric cooperative received its charter from the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) on Apr. 23, 1937.

“Today brings back a lot of great memories,” said Autry. “But the most important memory is that of members working together to create a lasting organization to meet their own needs.”

Celebrating its 75th year of service in 2012 (incorporated in 1937), Flint Energies www.flintenergies.com provides energy services to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in parts of 17 central Georgia counties.

Museum Auction Tickets Available

Museum Auction Tickets Available


Tickets are now available for the 27th Annual Auction and Raffle to be held at the Museum of Aviation on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

That's according to a Museum of Aviation news release.

The Museum of Aviation Foundation Auction Committee is inviting people to buy them now to have ten chances to win.  Seven pre-raffle bonus drawings will be held starting April 25 for the following prizes:


            1)  April 25 - $250 Gas Money

            2)  May 9    - iPod Touch 32GB

            3)  May 23  - $250 Lunch Money

            4)  June 6    - $250 Gas Money

Air Force Cutting Back on Air-Show Appearances

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Air Force says it is scaling back its participation in dozens of air shows this year in an effort to cut costs and ensure its combat pilots are getting the training hours they need in a time of shrinking budgets.

The cutbacks won't affect the service's premier demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, but will mean fewer fighter planes performing for scores of crowds around the country.

They also won't affect the program for next week's Robins Air Show, which features the Navy Blue Angels.

Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner says, "We are locked, loaded and ready to go."


Officials at Air Combat Command eliminated the solo performances of five of its crews based in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah.

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New Commander for Robins Logistics Complex

Restructuring at Robins Air Force Base will bring new leadership this summer.

Last November, Air Force Material Command announced it would restructure the Air Logistics Center system.

Brigadier General Cedric George will be the first commander of the newly-designated Air Logistics Complex.

The 402nd Maintenance Wing will now be the Air Logistics Complex.

The current commander of the 402nd, Colonel Evan Miller, has been re-assigned to Air Force Materiel Command.

All 3 ALCs, Robins, Hill in Ogden, Utah, and Tinker in Oklahoma City will all see this restructuring.

Major General Robert McMahon, the current ALC commander, and Deryl Israel, the executive director, are both retiring.

The reorganization plan is still contingent on congressional approval.

Boeing Donates Large F-15E 'Strike Eagle' Model to Museum of Aviation

Boeing Donates Large F-15E 'Strike Eagle' Model to Museum of Aviation


The Boeing Company has donated a large model of an F-15E “Strike Eagle” Fighter to the Museum of Aviation, a Museum of Aviation news release says.

The fighter model will be a permanent outdoor display near the Museum’s Eagle Building south entrance doorway.

Boeing will also donate $7,000 to the Museum during the model dedication on Monday, April 23.

The model has a six-foot wing span and will sit atop a high pole next to the building entrance. 

The 402d Maintenance Wing (MXW) at Robins Air Force Base provides depot maintenance and software development for the F-15 aircraft. And the Warner Robins Air Logistic Center/GRM “Eagle Division” provides worldwide support to all F-15 aircraft , both for the U.S. Air Force fleet as well as for all foreign military sales users.

'Robins Air Force Base: Middle Georgia's Economic Livelihood'

'Robins Air Force Base: Middle Georgia's Economic Livelihood'


By: Sen. Cecil Staton

ATLANTA (April 16, 2012) – If you are a resident of Middle Georgia, then you are probably aware of the encroachment problem surrounding Robins Air Force Base. This is an issue that if not fixed could potentially have a negative impact on one of the state’s largest job producers.

Located in the heart of Middle Georgia, the region’s local economy is largely dependent on the fate of Robins Air Force Base and its ability to maintain and attract future military operations. As most residents of middle Georgians can attest, Robins Air Force Base is a welcome presence in the community and is responsible for pumping billions of dollars into the local economy. 

In response to the growing national debt crisis, the U.S. Department of Defense has already begun implementing significant cuts to the nation’s defense budget and has even mentioned the possibility of another round of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure). Previously, these tough decisions have come at a high cost to local communities that thrive off the business and jobs created as a result of military installations around the country.

As we move forward, it is imperative for state and local officials as well as the residents of Bibb and Houston Counties to unite together behind resolving the ongoing encroachment issues located just north of the base’s runway. If these issues are not resolved expediently, it could have tremendous regional implications for Middle Georgia when heading into the next round of BRAC assessments.

One of the major components in determining a military base’s viability is its ability to carry out military operations and training in a safe and efficient manner. With that in mind, local and state officials are moving to purchase parcels of land surrounding the base’s encroachment zone in an effort to ensure public safety and address concerns over the noise associated with military activity. In addition, the purchase of this land will further secure the base’s national competitiveness and overall viability by opening up land for potential use in future military operations.

Residential areas located close to military installments are at greater risk for potential crashes and may pose a significant threat to public safety. These risks were highlighted recently when an aircraft used in military maneuvers and training crashed into a local apartment complex near a military base in Virginia. Although these incidents are few and far between, we must take pre-emptive steps to prevent the threat of similar incidents happening here and purchase the nearby homes and land that limit the base’s long-term growth.  

Recognizing the need to protect the future viability of Robin’s Air Force Base, Governor Deal and members of the local delegation appropriated approximately $7.5 million to alleviate these encroachment issues. This will also help provide civilians near the base with fair market value on their homes and incentivizes more residents to move out of the base’s encroachment zone.

I have been extremely pleased at the combined effort of both state and local officials as we move forward with this process.  I would also like to commend Major General Robert McMahon for his 34 years of dedicated service to the United States military. Earlier this session, Major General Robert McMahon was recognized with Senate Resolution 1682, recognizing his service to the nation as well as to the residents of Middle Georgia. Major General Robert McMahon has played a critical role in providing outstanding leadership at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and led the efforts to deal with the encroachment issue around Robins Air Force Base.

The bottom line is simple – saving Robins Air Force Base is vital to ensuring the future economic growth and development of Middle Georgia.  We must act now. And your local delegation is taking the lead!