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Warner Robins: Robins Air Force Base drives community, economy

Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins is one of the area's largest employers with more than 21,000 personnel and en economic impact of $2.75 billion on the state / WGXA

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins is one of the area's largest employers with more than 21,000 personnel and en economic impact of $2.75 billion on the state.

But do you know what goes on inside the base?

"For 75 years these Airmen have been working together. And when we say Airmen--military, civilians and contractors--and we even include the community as airmen when we partner in efforts," said Col. Jeffrey King of Robins Air Force Base.

In 1941, crews broke ground across from the sleepy whistlestop town town of Wellston. It became the Southeastern Army Maintenance and Supply Depot.

It was later named after Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins. He was one of the Army Air Corps' first general staff officers in the 1920s and 1930s.

Now, Robins is home to the 78th Airbase WIng.

"The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex maintains C5s, C17s, C130s, F15s and supports well over 200 DOD coalition partners around the world by repairing parts and putting them back in the system," King said.

Crews repair well over 200 planes each year with each job coordinated with three other bases and work scheduled down to the minute.

"Aircraft has to be exceptionally reliable," King said. "When our men and women take them into combat missions everything has to work all of the time."

Robins personnel make safety and security their number one priority. Airmen patrol the base regularly and guard all points of entry.

King said they plan to continue their mission for generations to come with everyone's support.

"The community just throws their arms around you," he said. "In fact, you drive downtown and you see on billboards and the water tower and on hedges--'Every Day in Middle Georgia is Armed Forces Appreciation Day.'"

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