RAO still serving retirees

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
The volunteer staff of the Robins Retiree Activities Office would like you to know they're here and continue to serve the veteran community.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Ernie Munson - with the office since 2005 - recently retired his position as director, turning the lead over to retired Master Sgt. Rick Delaney.

Delaney's wife, Pat, a retired senior master sergeant, also assists with activities each week.

The office is in the midst of working the Robins Re-Connecting Retirees campaign - a special program aimed at reaching out to veterans who don't work on base, and encouraging them to participate in on-base activities.

For example, retirees are offered special sales promotions once a month at the exchange and commissary.

Since there is a population of veterans who work in civil service on base, it's communicating with the ones throughout Middle Georgia that has been most challenging.

"We're trying to get off-base retirees to come back on base in a mutually-beneficial partnership," said Delaney. "It's about bringing people here to show them that there are things happening."

The office serves as a point of contact for military retirees, assisting callers and visitors with questions ranging from volunteer opportunities and ID cards, to pay and casualty assistance.

They're available Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 767.

Volunteers have updated the current RAO database of about 600 members, which is used to send monthly electronic newsletters. Everyone is encouraged to call or email to be included on the list. While its largest event of the year is Retiree Appreciation Day each fall, the RAO plans to have an information booth during the Robins Air Show April 28 and 29.