FY13 budget – Center eyeing opportunities

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The commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center said Tuesday the center is working to identify and secure workload to replace that which could be lost if the President's fiscal 2013 budget request is ultimately approved by Congress.

The proposed budget seeks to reduce 27 C-5As, 65 C-130s and 18 Global Hawks, which are among aircraft and weapons systems the Air Force is requesting to retire. The 402nd Maintenance Wing performs depot-level maintenance on C-5s and C-130s. The Aerospace Sustainment Directorate manages all three systems.

Speaking to local reporters, Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon said there is opportunity for new workload to be brought in here to fill the void left by those aircraft, particularly when one looks at the center's "recent performance."

The workforce is "doing tremendous things to return aircraft to the warfighter ... giving it back to them in a way they're proud of and, more importantly, in a way the warfighter is proud of," he said.

McMahon also touched briefly on the subject of Base Realignment and Closure; two proposed rounds of BRAC - one in 2013 and another in 2015 - are included as part of the president's budget request.

"While we have no control over the BRAC process, what we can control here is our operational readiness and performance. And given the military value we have at Robins, we're in a much better position to face whatever challenges that may come our way," he said.

"If you asked me a year ago, I would not have been as confident. But we're in much better shape today. We're keeping our heads down and plugging away every day," said McMahon.