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AFMC commander visits Robins

Photo shows Bunch walking with a group of Robins personnel with the tails of two C-130 aircraft in the background.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. (second from right), Air Force Materiel Command commander, and Brig. Gen. John Kubinec (second from left), Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commander, hear from Col. Lindsay Droz (far right), 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group commander, as they tour the 560th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 8, 2020. Bunch discussed with members of the 560th AMXS about the Robins return to full capacity plan and heard what the team needed in order to operate while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)

Photo shows Bunch debarking his plane with Robins leadership greeting him from a safe distance.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. (center), Air Force Materiel Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Stanley Cadell (second from left), AFMC command chief, arrive at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 8, 2020, and are welcomed by Col. Brian Moore (left), and Robins Installation Commander, Brig. Gen. John Kubinec (right front), Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commander. Bunch and Cadell visited Team Robins to see how COVID-19 mitigation efforts put into place have been working across the installation and to also discuss the plan for Robins to return to full capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)

Photos shows the general clapping his hands while Campbell talks on his speaker phone.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Josh Campbell, 571st Commodities Maintenance Squadron director, demonstrates how his squadron has transitioned to virtual Walk the Walls to Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, May 8, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Bunch took this opportunity to thank the team while they were on their virtual call for all their work and listened to some of their concerns about operations moving forward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)

Photo shows two security forces personnel talking with the general in front of a waiting area outside.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Master Sgt. Joel Therrien (center), 78th Security Forces Squadron Plans and Programs superintendent, briefs Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. (right), Air Force Materiel Command commander, alongside Maj. Joshua Webb, 78th SFS commander, about processing commercial traffic onto the installation May 8, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Robins Defenders have instituted COVID-19 mitigation efforts into all their daily operations while still ensuring the safety and security of the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)

Photo shows the general and chief standing at the head of a conference table with the colonel briefing them.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Col. Scott Ekstrom (right), Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, briefs Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. (center), Air Force Materiel Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Stanley Cadell, AFMC command chief, about the work being done to keep warfighters safe while aboard aircraft May 8, 2020. The AFLCMC has been performing air flow studies in and out of cockpits and testing patient isolation systems to be used on aircraft for COVID-19 positive patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)

Photo shows the general talking to a line of Airmen.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Lt. Col. Kelie Thomas (far left), 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, introduces Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. (second from left), Air Force Materiel Command commander, to her different teams within the squadron May 8, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Bunch heard about the collaborative efforts of the 78th LRS and other Team Robins organizations to ensure the safety and quarantine of deployers and redeployers, and also discussed supply points and how they operate now with COVID-19 restrictions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)

Photo shows a group of people around an F-15 aircraft which has a machine hooked up to the front wheel to direct the aircraft into place.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, observes members from the 561st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron training with a new automated mobilization assistant on an F-15 aircraft at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 8, 2020. Bunch was at the F-15 functional test area to see how flying operations were being handled in a COVID-19 environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)

Photo shows Bunch speaking to two media members with their cameras out.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, briefs the media at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 8, 2020. Bunch praised the COVID-19 mitigation efforts at Robins and stressed the importance of getting installations back up to full capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)

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Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, visited Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 8, to view ongoing mission efforts and review “return to full capacity” operational execution plans in progress.

“There have been countless Robins members who continued to carry on the mission here during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bunch. “From healthcare workers and first responders, to the men and women on the flight line, in software labs, at avionics test stations, and in machine shops in the depot, to those here who support the installation to keep things running, I want to thank each and every one of you for your resiliency and efforts during these trying times.”

Robins’ units continued to execute their critical Air Force missions despite COVID-19 restrictions and hurdles.

Photo shows personnel sitting on one side of plexiglass with supplies behind them and Bunch standing on the other side speaking to them through the plexiglass.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. (right), Air Force Materiel Command commander, views first-hand what the process is to check out equipment and tools at the 560st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 8, 2020. The 560st AMXS with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex has had to adjust its daily routines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infection control guidelines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)
Photo shows personnel sitting on one side of plexiglass with supplies behind them and Bunch standing on the other side speaking to them through the plexiglass.
AFMC commander visits Robins
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. (right), Air Force Materiel Command commander, views first-hand what the process is to check out equipment and tools at the 560st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 8, 2020. The 560st AMXS with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex has had to adjust its daily routines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infection control guidelines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)
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The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex continued to meet global warfighter requirements, including completing depot maintenance and delivery of aircraft to the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Forces Lakenheath, England, and to the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

“I recognize the work environment here at the WR-ALC continues to have challenges as it modifies policies and procedures amidst COVID-19 restrictions,” Bunch said. “It’s gratifying to see the innovation and willingness of everyone to step up and adjust their routines to get the mission done.”

Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, WR-ALC commander, agreed.

“Our team, once again demonstrated their commitment to the mission over these last two months,” Kubinec said. “I know it’s not easy to accomplish our mission while worrying about our families back at home. These men and women produced airpower and enabled our warfighters to respond to threats around the globe despite having to change our most fundamental processes—processes that in some cases have been in place since 1947.  It is clear we still have a ways to go, but I know our team is equal to the task…and we will better protect them while doing so, so they can keep their loved ones safe.”

 “As we move forward with our return to full capacity,” he continued, “I am certain we will rise to the challenge of doing everything we can to lower the risk of infection.”

Bunch, along with Kubinec, also took this opportunity to recognize teams and individuals at the WR-ALC for their contributions during the pandemic.

“Excellent work has been done by all the team members at the Complex,” Bunch said. “No matter what was thrown their way, WR-ALC team members rose to the challenge.”

Bunch also visited Air Force Life Cycle Management Center units at Robins, the 78th Medical Group, Security Forces and the Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Photo shows Baker and Bunch bumping elbows like a "high five."
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Master Sgt. James Baker, 78th Medical Group Public Health, gives an elbow bump to Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, as a greeting May 8, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Bunch toured the 78th MDG to see first-hand the process put into place by Robins medics to keep its beneficiaries safe, along with speaking with Public Health about their contact tracing efforts and how that has played into Robins’ return to full capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)
Photo shows Baker and Bunch bumping elbows like a "high five."
AFMC commander visits Robins
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Master Sgt. James Baker, 78th Medical Group Public Health, gives an elbow bump to Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, as a greeting May 8, 2020, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Bunch toured the 78th MDG to see first-hand the process put into place by Robins medics to keep its beneficiaries safe, along with speaking with Public Health about their contact tracing efforts and how that has played into Robins’ return to full capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rodney Speed)
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At the 78th MDG, Bunch viewed processes including COVID-19 screening and testing and methods in place to trace COVID-19 positive patient contacts.

“The 78th Medical Group has been aggressively gathering and tracking data during this crisis,” said Col. Brian Moore, Robins Installation Commander. “It’s one of the driving efforts to get our installation back to operating at full capacity. And while doing this, the group has ensured the greatest safety of their patients while still providing top-notch medical care.”

The medical group has worked social distancing into their daily operations along with patient screening as soon as you walk in the door. Separate patient waiting areas were established for low-risk and high-risk individuals. Drive-thru testing keeps potentially infected individuals completely separated from the rest of the patient population.

“The tireless and innovative efforts put forth by all our medical professionals has never ceased to amaze me,” said Bunch. ”I couldn’t be prouder of these men and women who have been on the front lines to help in the battle against COVID-19 from day one.”

At the 78th SFS commercial gate and 78th LRS, Bunch viewed ongoing operations and was briefed on the execution plans for the future. Both organizations have changed their procedures to accommodate for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, such as “no touch” ID checks and collaborating with multiple organizations to ensure the safety of Robins’ deployers and redeployers.

“The teamwork and support from the community enabled Robins to accomplish its mission during COVID-19, ensuring readiness for our warfighters around the world,” Bunch said.

Bunch also discussed initial plans for “return to full capacity” currently in progress.

“Despite having to make adjustments for COVID-19, the teams here at Robins have led the way for Air Force Materiel Command in many respects, integrating across the base to accomplish all critical missions together,” Bunch said. “They have shown amazing unity and flexibility, and I have no doubt this teamwork will continue as we return to full capacity.”

The return to full capacity here will begin May 11 and span three phases. During the initial phase, facilities will begin to reopen and services will increase. The number one priority remains the safety and well-being of Robins’ personnel.

“I am so proud of how Team Robins has handled the COVID-19 pandemic,” Moore said. “Now that we have received transition guidance from OSHA and CDC, and everyone is getting a better understanding of how to mitigate and handle our new normal, it’s time to begin returning to full capacity as safely and effectively as possible.”

Each individual must remain vigilant and accountable for following all guidelines wherever possible.

“The AFMC mission is critical to the Air Force and National Defense strategy, and it can’t be accomplished without all the great work being done here at Robins,” Bunch said. “Our warfighters depend on us to accomplish our mission so they can execute theirs.”