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  • Opening to help C-130 workload

    Brig. Gen. Lee Levy, 402nd Maintenance Wing commander, isn't one to put much stock in superstition. On Friday, May 13, he cut the ribbon on the wing's newest facility, a $24.1 million hangar for C-130s. "Today, Friday the 13th, is a lucky day because it's the day we cut the ribbon on this

  • Faster, healthier stripping process 'takes off' in sheet metal flight

    Reducing an 80-hour sanding process to strip a radome to about a 12-hour chemical-stripping process is a success story. Not only does it help get the asset back to the warfighter quicker, but it also contributes to a safer and healthier work environment. The change came as a result of the

  • Eagle grounded by bird strike

    Anyone who doubts birds pose a danger to aircraft should pay a visit to one of the F-15 hangars here. Mechanics there are engaged in a major and unusual repair resulting from a bird strike last August. An F-15E from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., was participating in an exercise near Shaw

  • New maintenance hangar opens today

    The ribbon will be cut today on an 86,000 sq. ft., $24.1 million maintenance hangar which has been six years in the making. While it will be a few days before the first wrench is turned in the facility because equipment and other materials must be moved in and set up, when it's fully operational the

  • Full MSG-3 implementation signals end to legacy PDM

    Had you taken a walk around the Robins flightline in October 2009, you could have counted a record 17 C-5s parked here. For those who don't know, that's a bad thing. It meant nearly one of every seven C-5s in the Air Force inventory was here for work and unavailable to the airlift community. Today,

  • Round Robins Express II hits the road

    Round Robins Express, the sequel, debuted Thursday. Prompted by requests from organizations in buildings where parking is scarce, the base is reviving its parking lot shuttle system, calling it Round Robins Express II. John Pugh, 78th Mission Support Group deputy director, said the free service will

  • Combat communicators sharpen skills at readiness school

    More than 25 Airmen from the 5th Combat Communications Group recently graduated from an intense three-week course designed to hone their combat skills. Combat Readiness School course graduates learn a variety of combat skill sets to include convoy tactics, land navigation, ground base defense,

  • 4 airlifters help tame massive Mexican wildfires

    The venerable C-130 performs a wide array of missions, but one of its lesser known uses is fighting wildfires. The aircraft, for which Robins does heavy maintenance and life cycle management, has been busy in recent days fighting wildfires in Mexico, just over the Texas border. The firefighting

  • 3 transports damaged by tornado in Arkansas

    A team of engineers from Robins spent the last week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., assessing three C-130s damaged by a tornado. The four-man team from the Aerospace Sustainment Directorate's Tactical Airlift Division evaluated the damage to help officials decide whether to scrap or repair the