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Robins Air force base helping clean air efforts

Robins Air Force Base helps keep Central Georgia humming, but being the state's largest employer also means it's also a big source of pollution.

Otis Hicks, the base's director of civil engineers, says Robins has been working with Middle Georgia's clean air coalition to make sure its a part of the solution and not the problem. For Robins, that's," anything that could impact our ability to grow, the ability to handle new work loads..."

He says so far the base has placed idling restrictions for all vehicles coming through the gates,

maintained the BIRD or Buses Into Robins Daily shuttle program, and is now working on a new solar farm.

"That is to enable us to provide electricity back to the grid through an alternative means of fuel instead of fossil fuels," Hicks said.

Robins Air Force Base reopens Airman's Attic

Moving from town to town when being in the military can be quite a challenge and household items can be hard to come by.

Shopping for these items just got a bit easier for the men and women on Robins Air Force Base.

The base held its ribbon cutting ceremony for the re-opening of the Airman's Attic.

The "attic" serves as a Goodwill of sorts to the men, women and spouses on base that may have hit hard times.

It houses items such as clothes, furniture, appliances and even some uniforms, that can all be obtained for free.

The shop was previously open at another location on the base, but was relocated due to structural issues.

All of the items are donated by partnering businesses along with people of the community.

The shop is run by the Robins Enlisted Spouses Club.

Behind the Lines: Robins Recycles


You've heard a lot about it lately, in the wake of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

We are talking about the Department of Defense programs that equip local police with used military equipment.

One of those programs operates out of Robins Air Force Base.

13WMAZ went "Behind the Lines" to find out how it works, and how you can take advantage of the military's cast-offs, too.

Robert Omogbai and other employees at Robins Disposition Services, combine shopping experiences similar to Goodwill, Wal-Mart and eBay, under one federal roof.

Air Force to consolidate recruiting offices, increase staffing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Most Air Force recruiting offices are staffed by one person, and that doesn't sit well with the Air Force's top training officer.

"Most of those, to the tune of about 70 percent, are manned by a single airman," Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command, said Aug. 20 at the Air Force Sergeants Association conference here. "I don't like that. That doesn't go with our core values. We don't go into the battle by yourself."

Because of this, AETC and the Air Force Recruiting Service are overhauling the recruiting structure nationwide to make sure every recruiting storefront has at least two airmen. In addition, the service is looking to consolidate its approximately 925 recruiting storefronts into 160 "hub" offices, with another 200 to 250 smaller recruiting stations.

Air Force chief visits Robins Air Force Base

The Secretary of the Air Force visited Robins Air Force this week get a first-hand look at the work there.

According to a base news release, Deborah Lee James met with active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilians and contractors at Central Georgia's biggest employer.

They say she shared her three priorities: "Taking care of people, balancing today's readiness with tomorrow's modernization and the importance of making every dollar count."

According to the base, James visited Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, the 78 Air Base Wing, the 116th and 461st Air Control wings (JSTARS), the Air Logistics Complex and met with commanders of the various base units.

No public events were scheduled for James during the visit.

Officials: Commanders want to expand Iraq airstrikes

WASHINGTON — U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of targets be expanded, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans.

The expanded target list does not mean the U.S. military is going to hit them immediately, one official said. The list has been built up to provide options for commanders.

DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare

The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September.

The Pentagon's health arm published a list Friday of 35 laboratory-developed tests covered under a new pilot program, from the better-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests for breast cancer and in-utero cystic fibrosis to tests for rare inherited disorders like Lynch syndrome and Von Hippel-Lindau disease.

The demonstration project starts Sept. 1. But if beneficiaries paid for a test on the list since Jan. 1, 2013, they may be eligible for reimbursement. They will have to file a claim to receive payment, according to a Tricare news release.