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Audit: Robins depot overpaid contractors by up to $24 million

A federal audit says Warner Robins' Air Logistics Center overpaid three contractors by as much as $24 million.

Those are the conclusions of an audit by the Department of Defense's Inspector General.

Their report says the base failed to negotiate proper rates for work done by workers at the ALC for those contractors. The audit cites contracts with Boeing, for repairs to the C-17 aircraft; Northrup Grumman, for a low-power color radar system; and to Honeywell, for electronic components used in the F-15E aircraft.

Robins Air Logistics Complex gets award

The Air Force says the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex is the most efficient unit of its kind in the nation.

They've been honored with the 2015 Air Force Materiel Command Maintenance Effectiveness Award.

The award honors Robins ALC for having record production numbers in 2015.

The depot repairs aircraft keeps Air Force maintenance depot facilities in working condition, and programs software to help those depots run more efficiently.

The ALC says their work contributed to 217 aircraft being delivered to customers across the globe.

Museum of Aviation cutting four jobs

Facing budget problems, Warner Robins' Museum of Aviation says it is laying off four employees.

Robins takes down flyer advertising MLK 'fun shoot'

In a statement to Air Force Times, Robins apologized for the advertising tying the event to the holiday honoring King, who was shot by an assassin in Memphis in 1968.

"We're deeply sorry for any offense or harm caused by our insensitivity and failure to provide appropriate oversight of our marketing process," Robins spokesman Roland Leach said in an email Thursday. "The flyer does not represent the values, opinions or views of the Department of Defense, the Air Force or Robins Air Force Base leadership and its employees."

Leach said Robins officials realized the advertisement was inappropriate "several days ago" and immediately started taking the flyer down.

Robins AFB air show announced for Oct. 2016

Officials at Robins Air Force Base announced an upcoming air show for Oct. 1-2, 2016. The last show in 2012 attracted 180,000 spectators. They expect the same amount of spectators at the 2016 show.

The announcement was made Thursday at the Museum of Aviation's Century of Flight Hangar.

The Thunderbirds, the USAF air demonstration squadron, will participate in the show as well as 15 individual and team performers. There will also be 20 ground displays and up to 30 interactive and educational displays.

The Blue Angles arrive at the Robins AFB air show in 2012

Robins Air Force Base to announce plans for 2016 airshow

Details for the 2016 airshow held at Robins Air Force Base will be announced Thursday.

The announcement will be made at the museum's Century of Flight Hangar.

PHOTOS: Robins Air Force Base Air Show in 2012

Sen. Perdue discusses ISIS, Robins' future

U.S. Sen. David Perdue visited Robins Air Force Base Tuesday and came away impressed with the dedicated workforce and its devotion to accomplishing the mission.

In a news conference afterwards, Perdue called the lack of funding for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System "a poster child for bureaucratic malfeasance."


Col. Jeff King: Robins to hire 400 during next year

Col. Jeff King, Commander for the 78th Air Base Wing at Robins Air Force Base, says about 400 jobs will be created or filled in the next year.

During a conference with reporters Tuesday morning, King said the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex plans to hire about 200 people to meet requirements for existing workload in the depot. He said most of those jobs will be for mechanics.

Behind the Lines: Robins prop shop keeps C-130s flying

C-130 Hercules airplanes fly people and supplies all around the world supporting the military.

When they come home, workers at Robins Air Force Base repair each part including the four propellers onboard.

13WMAZ went Behind the Lines and into the vital mission of the prop shop.

About 100 people grind metal in Robins prop shop, but it's the only place in the entire Department of Defense this work happens.

"It's loud. It's very loud," Tracey Owens, a mechanic, said.

Owens and the other prop mechanics pump out about 30 props each month.

"We are an overhaul facility," Kyle Barrett, another prop mechanic, said. "We take it down to the bare metal."

"The props come in dirty and damaged," Barrett said. "These have probably been in Afghanistan, you know, the elements out there. Nothing but sandstorms."

Children of Robins Air Force Base General to visit

Children of Robins Air Force Base General to visit

The children of Gen. Augustine Warner Robins will be in town Monday to see the base and community named after their grandfather.

Gen. Charles E. Thomas urged local town leaders to rename the town after his former aide, who had worked for him between 1921 and 1927.

Thomas renamed the depot Warner Robins Army Air Depot and the base runway Robins Field. Local leaders immediately changed the name to Robins Air Force Base.