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  • BY KENDAHL JOHNSONkendahl.johnson@robins.af.mil

    While those with an interest inRobins can get information viatraditional means, such as thebase newspaper and its publicwebsite, RobinsFacebook pagehas joined the ranks as an invalu-able source.The base launched its

    Facebook page in late July asanother way of spreading com-mand messages. It has sincegrown to include articles, photos,events and other information.Assubscribers to the page, fansreceive regular updates, and haveaccess to post their own com-ments, links, photos and videospertaining to Robins.The page reached a minor

    milestone this week, surpassingthe 500 mark in Likes, but withFacebook boasting more than500 million users and may reach700 million within the next year,its not unreasonable to expectRobinsLikes to be much larg-er. Team Robins members areencouraged to not only view thepage, but also interact with it bycommenting on posts and provid-ing content.Senior leaders on base, includ-

    ing Col. Mitchel Butikofer, 78thAir BaseWing commander, havetaken an interest in the page, rec-ognizing it as a useful tool in dis-seminating information as well asboosting morale.While operational security is a

    concern, its not a new one forthe Robins PublicAffairs Office,which manages the officialFacebook page. The site is con-tinually monitored and posts thatmight compromise security arepromptly removed. Questionableor offensive posts are alsoremoved, as are posts from users

    The 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group operatesthe largest Electronics Repair Facility in the DefenseDepartment. It spans more than 700,000 square feetand houses more than 1,300 employees.

    Days without a DUI: 48Last DUI: 78th LRS courtesy 78th Security Forces

    THINK SAFETYAADDTo request a ride, call222-0013.

    October 28, 2011 Vol. 56 No.43

    TWO-MINUTEREV

    Using personal protective equipment is often essential, but it is gen-erally the last line of defense after engineering controls, work prac-tices, and administrative controls.

    TIP OFTHEWEEK

    5th MOBat Sather

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    Safety slogan for the week of Oct. 30 through Nov. 5:Working without Safety is a Dead-End Job.

    NEWSYYOUOU CANCAN USEUSE

    CFC updateThis years six-week CombinedFederal Campaign has reached atotal of $1,029,407 as of Oct. 25.50 Years of Caring is thetheme of this years campaign.The Middle Georgia CFC, whichcovers 17 counties, has a goal of$1.5 million. This includes Robinsgoal of $1.4 million.In 2010, Robins employees

    gave more than $1.6 million. Ofthat amount, more than $650,000was awarded to local organiza-tions.Robins has exceeded its goalevery year during the last 10years.

    Robins Trick or Treat hoursRobins Air Force Base willobserve Halloween Oct. 31 from 6to 8 p.m.Vehicle operators must slowdown during these hours for trick-or-treaters.Residents who are participatingneed to ensure an exterior light ison during these hours, while thosenot participating should leaveexterior lights off.The security forces squadron willincrease safety and securitymeasures in the housing areasthrough its annual HalloweenPumpkin Patrol.Anyone with questions abouttrick-or-treating this year shouldcontact 2nd Lt. Andrea DeMelo atDSN 472-8133 or commercial222-8133.The Base Exchange will alsohost a Trick or Trunk in its park-ing lot from 4 to 7 p.m.People are asked to park theirHalloween decorated vehicletrunks in the Churchs ChickenParking Lot, where trick-or-treatingwill be done at the cars. Prizes willbe awarded to the top three bestdecorated trunks. Judging will beat 6:30.Other events will include musicalchairs for ages 4 to 7 from 4 to4:30 p.m.; Pin the pumpkin from4:30 to 5 p.m. and a costumecontest from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

    Construction projectsDue to a collapsed stormsewer pipe, Richard RayBoulevard between WarnerRobins Street and Hannah Road will remain closed to all traffic.Completion of the repair is sched-uled for Dec. 31.Robins Parkway, from theRichard Ray Boulevard intersec-tion to the elevated crosswalk onthe east end of First Street, will bepartially closed Nov. 9 through 13for the milling and overlaying ofasphalt. The work will be phasedso two-way traffic can use oneside of Robins Parkway while theother side is being worked on.After the area is milled all four

    lanes will be allowed to travelslowly through the 2-inch deeparea. Signs will be posted warningdrivers of a bump ahead.The area is scheduled to be

    repaved Nov. 11, and restripedNov. 12 and 13. Some curb, gutterand sidewalk work will be doneprior to those dates. Improvementsto the edge of the road will requirethe outside lane to be closed wherethe work is being performed.

    Health andFitness tip

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    JSTARS, Northrop Grumman team win DoD award

    Retiree office holds annual appreciation dayBY JENNY GORDONjenny.gordon.ctr@robins.af.mil

    RetireeAppreciationDay is the largest eventconducted each year bythe Robins RetireeActivities Office.This years RAD drew

    a crowd of 130 peoplewho learned about baseservices, and legal andmedical issues during theall-day affair Saturday atthe Heritage Club.A lot of information

    comes out of theseevents, said ErnieMunson, RAO director.The day began with

    breakfast at Wynn DiningHall, followed by lunch,door prize drawings, andan opportunity in theafternoon to chat withabout 20 vendors fromacross Robins.Representatives from

    the commissary, legaloffice, Health andWellness Center andmore were available toanswer questions,Retirees were also able toupdate their ID cards.Browsing a table of

    gift baskets, Zohra Khanpointed out she learnedupdated news from phar-macy and TriCare repre-sentatives as a result ofattending.I get a lot of good

    information when I comehere, said Khan, whoretired after 24 years intheAir Force Reserve.Its fun to come once ayear for a whole day andenjoy the camaraderie.Munson, who retired

    as a chief master sergeantafter 29 years of service,said the RAO hasenjoyed tremendous sup-port from Robins

    U.S. Air Force photo by RAYMOND CRAYTONMichelle Banks-Gainer, a Federal GovernmentPrograms marketing representative, explains theDelta Dental program to a retiree.

    see FACEBOOK, 6

    leadership.This is probably

    the best turnoutweve had in a longtime, he said.Munson added,

    however, that only asmall percentage ofthe estimated 3,000to 4,000 retirees inthe area actuallymade it out to the

    days festivities. Heacknowledged thatcommunication canbe challenging whentrying to reach thissegment of the popu-lation.He noted that

    retirees receive anational retiree

    Robins Air Force Baseon Facebook, Twitter

    Check out Robins on Facebookor follow the base on Twitter.

    Get regular news updates and other base information.Visit www.robins.af.mil

    and click on the Facebook and Twitter links.

    BY JENNY GORDONjenny.gordon.ctr@robins.af.mil

    The Joint Surveillance Target AttackRadar System (JSTARS) Total SystemSupport Responsibility Team and NorthropGrumman Command & Control,Intelligence, Surveillance andReconnaissance Division are the recipientsof the 2011 Secretary of DefensePerformance Based Logistics System LevelBeckAward.The award recognizes government and

    industry teams which have demonstratedoutstanding achievements providing war-fighters with exceptional operational capabil-ity.

    The original contract, awarded in 2000, isa 22-year contract with a potential value of$7 billion. According to Robert Colvin,JSTARS deputy branch chief, $1.7 billionhas been expended to date.In todays environment, a contract that

    includes a 22-year life cycle is unheard of,said Colvin.For this type of performance to be recog-

    nized surrounding this exclusive fleet of 17aircraft, is a huge honor, he added.Being selected as the 2011 Secretary of

    Defense performance based logistics awardwinner is a great honor for the Joint STARSprogram, said Lt. Col. Douglas Asher,JSTARS branch chief. This is a teamaward, and can be attributed to the solidarity

    and professionalism of those who work tosupport the men and women of the 116thand 461st Air Control Wings spread acrossthe globe, performing real world missions.The award acknowledges the efforts of

    the JSTARS program management team andNorthrop Grumman contractors who inte-grate and execute a complex product supportstrategy for the JSTARS 17 E-8C weaponssystems.The TSSR contract provides for pro-

    grammed depot maintenance, supply chainmanagement and software.For example, Northrop Grumman has

    responsibilities for JSTARS equipment and

    BacktoBasics

    Above, Team Robins memberstake part in the annual fallcleanup.

    Left, Master Sgt. Matthew Ozment,78th Air Base Wing, picks uptrash and tree branches aroundBldg. 905 Oct. 13 as part of thecleanup. For more on the efforts,see page 8.

    U.S. Air Force photos by SUE SAPP

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  • 2 The Robins Rev-Up October 28, 2011

    Page Two

    Unit: 78th ABW/DSE

    TIME IN SERVICE: 2 years, 10months

    HOMETOWN: Memphis, Tenn.

    CCAF DEGREE TITLE:Information Management

    Airman 1st ClassSabrina Valentine

    How did you go about pursuingyour CCAF degree?CLEP and DANTES testing, previ-

    ous college credits from Rust Collegein Mississippi, and online classes atKaplan University.

    What are your educational plansnow that you have completed yourCCAF degree?I plan on continuing my education

    through Kaplan University to earn myBachelor of Arts degree in HealthScience and become an officer in thehealth profession.

    In the SpotlightUNIT PROFILE: Office of Small Business Programs

    U.S. Air Force Force photo by SUE SAPPFred Anderson, Small Business spe-cialist, discusses socio-economic pari-ty in federal acquisitions with officepersonnel.

    What it does

    By the numbers

    Why it matters

    What they say

    DebbieJackson

    Small businessdirector

    Ken BurkeSource

    developmentspecialist

    We have a positiveimpact for the acquisi-tions available forsmall businesses tosupport the mission.We help small busi-nesses help them-selves, and we get tosee the end product.The job is very fulfill-ing.

    As Robins onlysource developmentspecialist, I strive tohelp our engineersand acquisition teamsseek out new sourcesfor our requirements,and new goods andservices to fulfill ourwarfighter needs.

    MarketResearchReportassistancesaccomplished.

    Millions award-ed to small busi-nesses in fiscal2011.

    $411

    The Office of SmallBusiness Programsworks to enhance acqui-sition opportunities forsmall companies in sup-port of the Air Forcemission.

    It serves as the initialpoint of contact for busi-ness representativesseeking contracts withthe Warner Robins AirLogistics Center.

    The small businesseswhich support theAirForce and the center playan important role in termsof job creation, innova-tions and technology, andareprovendrivers of com-petition.

    599

    Contractualactions coordi-nated in fiscal2011.

    1,150

    4 Small businessadvocates.

    443Contractorscounseled inpersonondoingbusinesswithRobins.

    Ongoing tool testing shows promising resultsBY JENNY GORDONjenny.gordon.ctr@robins.af.mil

    Aright-angle shroudedsander has beenundergoing testing toevaluate workforce exposureto hexavalent chromium inBldg. 350.If the tests are successful,

    what it could mean is thatinstead of using containmentbags, shrouded tools withHepa vacuum alone could beused in the future.Air sample test results

    have thus far been low,based on findings conductedin September by an industri-al hygienist from RobinsWorkplace Safety and HealthTeam.As far as the concentra-

    tion of bad contaminantsfrom the sanding operation,the low results are encourag-ing, said Charles Armstrong,402nd CommoditiesMaintenance Group processengineer.

    In order to promote the Year ofCommunity College of theAir Force andRobins Fall CCAFGraduation sched-uled Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. in the BaseTheater, the Robins Rev-up will be high-lighting some of our local graduates.

    The tests also showthe shroud on the toolwas working well,pulling contaminants outand sending them to theHepa filter, saidArmstrong.The handtool, which

    helps with sanding andgrinding painted anddepainted parts, has asanding pad with ashroud and a hose thatis connected to a Hepavacuum.

    During testing, a con-tainment bag was placedaround the tool to con-tain any dust generatedby the use of the shroud-ed tool.Containment bags are

    used to control dust par-ticles generated byoperators during sand-ing activities.While the tool is in

    use inside the bag, airquality samples aretaken.

    BASE ENERGY OFFICE

    You can help savemillions of dollarswith a few simplesteps in your work-place and at home.First, two facts:

    Fact #1:Equipment and

    other plug-in devicesconsume about 17 per-cent of the electricityat most universities,according to the U.S.Department of Energy.

    Fact #2:According to a

    Vanderbilt UniversityEnvironmental Healthand Safety fact sheet,for electronic devicesthat have remote con-trol (or stand-bycapability), 40 percent

    of the energy used bythese electronicdevices during theirlifetime is consumedwhen the item is instand-by mode.Put those two bits

    of information togetherand you learn electrici-ty is being consumedall around you byitems that are not inuse.By reducing the

    number of items youplug into electrical

    outlets, you can savenearly one-fifth of thetotal cost on Robinsthat translates to nearly$4 million dollars ayear in potential sav-ings.Think about any

    rarely or barely used office equipment(your radio you use asa clock, a coffee makerafter its done in themorning, and unplugit.)While Robins seeks

    to find ways to con-serve electricity, eachstep you take to makea smaller electricalfootprint translates intocost savings forRobins monthly elec-trical bill.Keep helping out

    it makes a big differ-ence.

    ENERGY AND YOU/UNPLUG IT!

  • October 28, 2011 The Robins Rev-Up 3

    BY 1ST LT.MARSHEL SLATER

    618th Air and Space OperationsCenter Public Affairs

    SCOTT AIR FORCEBASE, Ill. Aircraft from12 separate total forcebases went full throttleto move cargo and passen-gers across the globe dur-ing a historic surge of AirMobility Commands C-5Galaxy fleet from Oct. 17-21.TheWarner RobinsAir

    Logistics Centers C-5program office is theAirForce focal point for man-aging and sustaining theAir Force C-5 fleet.On average each day,

    about 18 C-5s fly strategicairlift missions across theglobe in support of com-batant commander require-ments.The week of Oct. 17 to

    21 was far from normal asAir Forces Transportation,the air component to U.S.Transportation Command,successfully surgedmore than double thatnumber 43 active duty,Air National Guard, andAir Force Reserve C-5 air-craft.The surge tested the

    capability of the globalmobility enterprise to rap-idly increase the capacityand throughput of strategicairlift in response to alarge-scale crisis or contin-gency.Prior to the surge, the

    highest C-5 daily utiliza-tion was 35 C-5s flownwithout mobilization ofthe air reserve component.Originally, we looked

    at using 36 aircraft, saidUSTRANSCOMs MarineCorps Maj. SidneyWelch,leader of the joint planning

    team for the surge. How-ever, this whole processwas designed to help usbetter understand thequantity, capacity and lim-itations associated withsurging without mobiliz-ing the reserve component.By increasing the

    stress on the enterprise wewere able to get a betterpicture of what wed facein the event of a shortnotice; large-scale real-world situation.The missions accom-

    plished during the surgewere in accordance withpriorities set by the JointChiefs of Staff and had noimpact on the operationsof civilian contract carri-ers.Missions were validat-

    ed by USTRANSCOMand planned, scheduled,tasked, controlled and exe-cuted byAFTRANS hubfor global operations, the618thAir and Space

    Operations Center TankerAirlift Control Center.The TACC commands

    and controls more than450 flights every day, butmaintaining 43 C-5s in thesystem was a significantchallenge, said Brig. Gen.DavidAllvin, 618thAOC,TACC vice commander.C-5s are a critical ele-ment of rapid globalmobility, but keeping sucha large, aging aircraftmoving at such a demand-ing pace was not a simplething.I think the success of

    this surge is in large partdue to the close coordina-tion between the dedicatedtotal forceAirmeninvolved inAFTRANSplanning and unit execu-tion, he added.As one of the largest

    aircraft in the world andthe largest airlifter in theAir Forces inventory, theC-5 is able to carry fully-

    equipped military units,including all of theArmy'sair-transportable combatequipment, to any point inthe world on short notice.The Galaxy can carry

    up to 270,000 pounds ofcargo, can fly more than6,000 miles without refu-eling, and can take off orland in relatively short dis-tances.Todays contingency

    and humanitarian opera-tions require us to main-tain a tremendous degreeof flexibility, said Lt.Gen. Mark Ramsay, 18thAir Force commander.Operations like the surgehelp us ensure that by pro-viding the information andtools to enhance the readi-ness and agility of ourglobal mobility enter-prise.An operational assess-

    ment team is evaluatingdata taken from each mis-sion and the overall resultsof the surge.Based on that analysis,

    they will develop a set oflessons learned to helpthe entire enterprise deter-mine ways to more effec-tively and efficientlyensure rapid global mobili-ty in response to crisis andcontingency situations.Our job is to safeguard

    Americas nationaldefense by providing theability to reach out any-where in the world withinhours to deliver hope, fuelthe fight, and save lives,said Gen. Ray Johns, com-mander of Air MobilityCommand andAFTRANS.

    This surge providedus with a valuable oppor-tunity to exercise and eval-uate that ability and ulti-mately to enhance it, hesaid.

    C-5 fleet reaches historic milestoneduring recent surge

    U.S. Air Force file photo by SUE SAPPHubert Watford prepares a C-5 for weighing followingProgrammed Depot Maintenance.

    Leadership Academykicks off in November

    BY JENNY GORDONjenny.gordon.ctr@robins.af.mil

    Anew LeadershipAcademy will be intro-duced in Novemberwhich will enable allRobins military leadersand civilian supervisorsan opportunity to learnfrom cur-rent lead-ers here.In

    keepingwith theCentersvision ofbeing aWorld-ClassCenter ofAcquisition andSustainment Excellence,a series of leadership ses-sions was formed todevelop leaders of thefuture.Once you are a

    leader, everything that isaccomplished is by andthrough other people,said Deryl Israel, theCenters ExecutiveDirector.We are going to ask

    our senior leaders fromacross the Center to pro-vide classes which arementoring and coachingsessions that relay partof their own personaljourneys in developing asa leader so that othersmay learn from them, heexplained.Everyone has to

    develop a leadership styleof some kind when theymoved into a position,he added. Our leadersare out front coachingand teaching other lead-ers. Thats what theLeadershipAcademy isabout.Israel will kick off the

    new classes with anoverview of the leader-ship framework, includ-ing vision, mission, goalsand objectives; communi-cation; positioning andempowering the organi-zation for success; andmeasuring and reviewingprogress.The first session will

    be Nov. 7 from 9 to11a.m. in theAircraftMaintenance Groupslarge conference room inBldg. 125.Ongoing weekly class-

    es will be offered on vari-ous topics within theleadership framework toinclude core and funda-mental competencies, andlean principles, and willbe presented in an infor-mal setting by O-6 andGS-15 leaders. All cur-rent supervisors are wel-come and highly encour-aged to attend.There are more than

    1,000 supervisors acrossthe center, noted Israel.With 1,400 active

    leaders, you want them toact uniformly and consis-tently so that theirapproach to a challengein one place is the sameas in another, he said.Leaders lead and

    supervise employees,managing resourcesunder them, Israel said.What we want to do

    is create an environmentwhere they understandwhat is expected of themleadership-wise, heexplained.LeadershipAdvisory

    Notes, which addressleadership coaching andteaching situations, arealso currently emailed tosupervisors, who areencouraged to read themonthly newsletter.

    Israel

  • 4 The Robins Rev-Up October 28, 2011

    HOW TO CONTACT USRobins Office of Public Affairs620 Ninth Street, Bldg. 905Robins AFB, GA 31098468-2137Fax 468-9597

    EDITORIAL STAFFCOMMANDERCol. Mitchel Butikofer

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTORRick Brewer

    INTERNAL INFORMATION CHIEFGeoff Janes

    EDITORLanorris Askewlanorris.askew@robins.af.mil472-0806

    STAFF WRITERJenny Gordonjenny.gordon.ctr@robins.af.mil472-0807

    PHOTOGRAPHERSue Sappsue.sapp@robins.af.mil472-0805

    Note: Unless otherwise noted,numbers listed in the Rev-Up areDSN numbers. If calling from acommercial or off-base phone, dialprefix 222 if listed as 472; 327 iflisted as 497; or 926 if listed as 468.

    ViewPoints Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. Oscar WildeWR-ALCVISION

    A World-Class Centerof Acquisition and

    Sustainment Excellence

    WR-ALCFOCUS

    Exceed Warfighter and Customer Expectations Lead DoD in Cost ManagementRe-energize and Sustain Continuous Process Improvement

    Commanders Action LineThe action line is an open-door program for Team

    Robins personnel to give kudos, ask questions or sug-gest ways to make Robins a better place to work andlive.

    The most efficient and effective way to resolve aproblem or complaint is to directly contact the responsi-ble organization. This gives the organization a chanceto help you, as well as a chance to improve its process-es.

    Please include your name and a way of reaching

    you, so we can provide a direct response. Anonymousaction lines will not be processed. Discourteous or dis-respectful submissions will also not be processed.

    Commanders Action Line items of general interest tothe Robins community will be printed in the Robins Rev-Up.

    For more information, visithttps://wwwmil.robins.af.mil/actionline.htm.

    To contact the Commanders Action Line, call 468-2886 or e-mail action.line@robins.af.mil.

    Security Forces 468-2187 FSS (Services) 468-5491 Equal Opportunity 468-2131 Employee Relations 497-8253 Military Pay 468-4022 Civil Engineers 468-5657 Public Affairs 468-2137 Safety Office 468-6271 Fraud, Waste & Abuse 468-2393 Housing Office 468-3776 Chaplain 468-2821 IDEA 497-7281

    STRAIGHT TALK HOT LINEUp-to-date information

    during base emergencies222-0815

    Buy in Do you have it?BY CHIEF MASTER SGT.

    ROBERT CARTER62nd Aerial Port Squadron

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD,Wash. Buy in. Is it a buzz word for thenot quite committed?

    Todays continuously changing militaryenvironment requires people who can adaptto change, think on their feet, make deci-sions and think through problems andissues, all for mission accomplishment.

    So, what does this have to do with buyin? If you, as a military member, dont havea buy in at different levels, youll fail tomaximize your success. These levels arewith your people, job and the Air Force.

    As a chief master sergeant, I didnt adoptthe idea until I was a young NCO, but itprogressively grew from there. My first realexperience was when a close friend over-heard a conversation between two Airmen

    in the dormitories talking about potentiallycreating some turmoil. She told them, Notin my Air Force! I thought to myself,Wow, thats real ownership. Shes a stake-holder in this great Air Force (and thatshow I want to be).

    First, as a young NCO, you are a trainerof younger Airmen, and the knowledge,skills and attitudes you display to those youtrain must be honest, accurate and providegrowth. As one grows in rank, that samehonest, accurate mentoring is shared withpeers, senior enlisted leaders, and junior andsenior officers alike.

    Second, to take care of your people on alllevels must always be first in your mind.When theyre late, find out where they are.When theyre sick, ensure they receive med-ical care. When they do things well, be suretheyre acknowledged. The phrase, We areentrusted with the care of our countrys sonsand daughters doesnt just relate to senior

    leaders or commanders. We all must care forthose under our control and, at times, eventhose who arent.

    Lastly, our core values really drive homethe keystone of how we act, react and oper-ate in our military microcosm. Do you real-ly think integrity is just a buzz word? Tryoperating in a combat environment withoutit. You fail. In a flightline or operationalenvironment without it, you fail. In a cus-tomer service environment without it, youfail.

    Would settling for mediocrity on the bat-tlefield allow for success? The other servicesexpect and receive excellence each and everytime when they call upon the Air Force injoint operations. Your buy in at all levels your people, your job and in your Air Force allows us to be the most feared and respectedair and space force in the world.

    Own your piece of the mission. Have youbought in?

  • On the FlyUpcomingThe Armed Services

    Blood Program will con-duct a blood drive todayfrom 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. atthe Fitness Center Annex.TheAmerican Red

    Cross will also conduct ablood drive today from8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. inBldg. 210 and from 7:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg.640.TheASBP provides

    blood products for servicemembers and their fami-lies in both peace and war.TheAmerican Red

    Cross collects blood insupport of civilian agen-cies and national disasters.For more information,

    call 2nd Lt. KristenMacBride at 497-5262.

    TheRobins Chapelwill sponsor a FallFestivalWednesday from5:30 to 7:30 p.m. atRobins Park.The event is free and

    base ID card holders areinvited.Activities will include

    face painting, and ponyand hay rides. For moreinformation, call thechapel at 926-2821.

    The Robins ChiefsGroup will host aChiefMaster SergeantCelebration Thursday at

    3:30 p.m. at the HeritageClub to congratulate thenewest top 1 percent of theEnlisted force. For moreinformation, call ChiefMaster Sgt. PatrickMcCarn at 472-5291.

    The 78thAir BaseWing and theNativeAmerican HeritageOrganizing Committeewill host a 5K Fun RunandWalk Nov. 4 to kickoffthe Robins NativeAmer-ican Heritage observance.The event will begin at

    7 a.m. at the FitnessCenter. For more informa-tion, call Staff Sgt. EdherGaitan at 468-3244.

    In conjunction with theFederal EmployeesHealth Benefits OpenSeason, the CivilianPersonnel FlightEmployee Section willhost a health benefitsinformation seminar inthe Base Restaurant, Bldg.166, Nov. 8 and 9, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. eachday. Representatives fromvarious federal healthplans will provide 2012updates on coverage andinformation for theirrespective plans.Workload permitting,

    supervisors may excuseemployees for no morethan one hour to allow

    October 28, 2011 The Robins Rev-Up 5

    Jeff Goddard of The O'Gara Group lets Airman 1st Class Brandon Gale, 54th CombatCommunications Squadron, try out a sensor system for combat Identification bea-cons at the 5th Combat Communications Wings Tactical Technology Showcase.

    attendance and return towork. Additional time willbe charged to annualleave.Questions regarding

    leave usage may beaddressed to your servic-ing Employee RelationsSpecialist through theCustomer Service Officeat 472-0601 or 472-0602.

    There will be a TeamJSTARS Family DayCelebration Nov. 19from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. attheAir National Guardhangars on the west ramp.During the event, mem-bers of the 116th and461st Air Control Wingswill receive informationfrom the Health andWellness Center and otherorganizations.During the celebration,

    there will also be a 5Krun, a 10K biking event,face painting, a rock walland more.In order to account for

    those who attend, visitorsare asked to purchase a $1ticket for each person inhis or her party. Children5 and under are free.Proceeds from ticket

    sales will go toward thecost of food and doorprizes. Members of bothunits can get tickets fromtheir first sergeants orflight chiefs.

    Technology Expo

    Air Force workers can find help hereFinances & Work-Life Balance Airman & Family Readiness Center 468-1256Health and Wellness Education Health and Wellness Center 497-8480Health Screenings Civilian Health Promotion Services 497-8030Work, Personal or Family Issues Employee Assistance Program (800) 222-0364Work Stress, Psychological Issues Organizational Consulting Office 497-9803Mental Health & Substance Abuse Houston Healthcare (478) 922-4281Unplanned Pregnancy Houston Healthcare (478) 922-4281Suicide Prevention National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255Sexual Assault & Victim Advocacy Sexual Assault Response Coordinator 468-2946Crime Victim Advocacy Victim Witness Assistance Program 497-4584

    AFMC Wellness Support Center www.afmcwellness.comNote: Unless otherwise noted, numbers listed in the Rev-Up are DSN numbers. If calling from a commercial oroff-base phone, dial prefix 222 if listed as 472; 327 if listed as 497; or 926 if listed as 468.

    U.S. Air Force photo by SUE SAPP

  • 6 The Robins Rev-Up October 28, 2011

    BY JENNY GORDONjenny.gordon.ctr@robins.af.mil

    Starting January 2, major renovationswill begin at the base exchange.Those changes will include new dining

    options and anArmy andAir ForceExchange Service-wide rebranding cam-paign which includes a name change. Itwill simply be called the Exchange,witha large Xdisplayed above the new name.Completion is slated for early July.The redesign, which will occur in 12

    phases, will split the store into lifestylecenters. It will have a V shaped walkway,where shoppers can browse through fit-ness, home, active lifestyle and fashioncenters.It will be a center with little shops

    inside one big store, according toAnthonyVentura, RobinsAAFES general manager.For example, in the fitness area, athletic

    shoes will merge with sporting goods.Furniture selections will also be

    brought to the main store. Currently, furni-ture is located in another building, whichwill close due to low foot traffic. Stockwill be reduced and moved to the mainstore to create another lifestyle area, whichwill include linens and home dining items.Fashion, a third lifestyle area, will

    include cosmetics, stationary, electronics,and new computer items.The floor will also be replaced with

    low-maintenance, polished, concrete floor-ing. Lighting will also be enhanced insome areas in a more decorative style.

    Another change will be the addition offirearms sales geared toward hunting andsports next summer. Those items will belocated at the back of the store where cus-tomer service is currently positioned.Customer service will move to the front ofthe store, near the registers.The redesign will also extend to the

    front entrance. This area will have a newHall of Honor, with murals and pillarsdepicting wars and conflicts.As for the mall area and food court:DunkinDonuts is slated to move

    into the current GNC location inApril.GNC will move next to the dry cleaners.

    Subway is scheduled to occupy thespace where Cinnabon is in June.

    Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen willoccupy what is now Robin Hood andBaskin-Robbins in June.

    Taco Johns, Charleys Grilled SubsandAnthonys Pizza will remain wherethey are, and all storefronts will receivefacelifts as part of the branding campaign.TinkerAir Force Bases Exchange was

    the first to undergo the new design inSeptember 2010.We are one of the top 10 that will be

    getting the new branding inAAFESworldwide, said Ventura.Shopping hours and days will remain

    the same. Much of the work will takeplace at night. Partitions will be put up asrenovations are made.To help the curious, marketing boards

    will be placed outside the entrance toallow shoppers to see the renovation plans.

    Big changes coming to BX

    endorsing or promoting commercialenterprises.In addition to Facebook, Robins is

    pursuing additional social media ven-ues as a way to reach the community,including Twitter.Links to the Robins Facebook and

    Twitter pages can be found at the topof the base public website atwww.robins.af.mil.

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    vendor tasks, depot per-formance under a work-share agreement, andmanagement of items thatare unique to the weaponsystem.Software maintenance

    activities are performedby both Robins, andNorthrop Grumman inMelbourne, Fla., includ-ing depot-level repairwork, prime missionequipment repair, andadditional responsibilitieswith back-shop, chemical

    lab, and precision meas-urement equipment labo-ratory support.The award recognized

    materiel availability, with96 percent readinessspares package fill rates,and reliability perform-ance, at 99.7 percent,under the TSSR that havebeen superior. These, inturn, have allowedJSTARS to supportnumerous operations witha high-mission effective-ness rate at 96 percent.Having a team in one

    location, which includesthe contractor, makes fora great partnership, said

    Carol Waits, deputyTSSR program manager.Issues can be identifiedand meetings can happenquickly.Were also very for-

    tunate from the programmanagement office tohave our customer rightacross the runway, Waitsadded, referring to the116th and 461st AirControl Wings.The award was pre-

    sented earlier this weekduring theAerospaceIndustries AssociationsProduct Support FallConference in HiltonHead Island, S.C.

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    newsletter mailing, whichincludes the Robins RAOnumber, but he wants tolet people know his staffis available to help.The RAO staff is made

    up of four part-time vol-unteers, including the

    directors position.Munson said his office

    assists from 200 to 300retirees each year whomake contact via phonecalls and office visits.Each time the staff

    meets someone new, hisor her contact informationis entered into a database.Munson currently sendsout close to 3,000 emails

    to retirees.Opportunities like the

    annualAppreciation Dayallow word to get outabout what the officedoes.The RAO, in Bldg.

    767, is open Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridaysfrom noon to 3 p.m. Formore information, call327-4707.

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  • October 28, 2011 The Robins Rev-Up 7

    Is it time to change your cardio workouts?Some people go to the gym and work on the same cardio

    machine, at the same intensity, day after day. If this soundslike you, its time to switch it up.

    If youre a little hesitant or need to move in to things slowly,try changing it up just one day a week to start. You can try adifferent piece of cardio equipment or take a group exerciseclass, for example.

    If you are unwilling to stray from your favorite piece of car-dio equipment, at least rotate through some different pro-grams that will either increase the resistance or pace.

    Remember, the goal is to continually stress and challengeyour body so it needs to adapt and improve. Take care, havefun, and keep moving. Robins Health and Wellness Center

    HAWC fitness tip

    U.S. Air Force photo by SUE SAPPAntony Staggers worksout on a treadmill at thefitness center.

  • 8 The Robins Rev-Up October 28, 2011

    U.S. Air Force photos by SUE SAPPBob Comerford, HQ Air Force Reserve Command, cleans the flower beds around Bldg. 210. Each week anaverage of 190 tons of trash are collected throughout the base. During the base cleanup week, the 78th CivilEngineer Group picked up an additional 10 to 15 tons of trash.

    Base cleanupBase cleanup

    Lt. Col. Ijeffery Rice, DLA Distribution, cleans up aroundBldg 385. Recyclable items increased 30 to 40 percentduring the cleanup.

    Efrain Rivera, 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group, picks uptrash around the Bldg. 640/645 complex. About 175 bags of yarddebris were collected during the cleanup.

    In theIn thetrenchestrenches

    U.S. Air Force photos by STAFF SGT. MIKE MEARESLeft, Capt. David Cox, 5th CombatCommunications Group, finishes digging atrench to install grounding rods for a tacticalcommunications satellite terminal at Sather AirBase, Iraq. The terminal is part of a tactical com-munications network set up to help the U.S. mil-itary as it transitions from the country.

    Tech. Sgt. TurvonCasey, 5th CombatCommunicationsGroup, operates atrencher to help withthe installation of thegrounding rods for atactical communica-tions satellite terminal.

    5th CCG membershelp prepare forIraqi transition

    Master Sgt. Shannon Herring, 5th CombatCommunications Group, uses his hands toclean dirt and rocks from inside the trench.

    What you should knowabout whooping cough

    med csmessage

    Pertussis, whoopingcough, is a very contagiousrespiratory disease caused bya bacterium called Bordetellapertussis.

    Its a serious disease ininfants and children, withmore than half of infantswho get the disease requiringhospitalization.

    Pertussis is sometimesknown as the 100-daycough because coughingfits can last up to 10 weeksor more.

    The symptoms start likethe common cold runnynose or congestion, sneezing,and maybe mild cough orfever. After one to twoweeks, severe coughingbegins.

    Infants and children withthe disease cough violentlyand rapidly, until the air isgone from their lungs andthey are forced to inhale witha loud whooping sound.

    Pertussis is spread bycoughing or sneezing whilein close contact with others,who then breathe in the bac-teria. Many infants areinfected by older siblings oradults who may not knowthey have the disease.

    The United States hasseen a steady increase incases of pertussis over thelast several years.

    In 2010, 27,550 caseswere reported; many morego undiagnosed or are notreported. Georgia, althoughbelow the national averagefor the disease, has seen anincrease during 2010; it hasreported 117 cases this year.

    The good news is pertus-sis is a vaccine-preventabledisease. In the U.S. the rec-ommended pertussis vaccinefor children is called DTaP.This is a combination vac-cine which protects children

    against three diseases: diph-theria, tetanus and pertussis.

    For maximum protectionagainst pertussis, childrenneed five DTaP shots. Thefirst three shots are given at2, 4 and 6 months of age.The fourth shot is givenbetween 15 and 18 months,and a fifth shot is givenwhen a child enters school,at 4 to 6 years of age.

    Vaccine protection forpertussis can fade with time.There are boosters for ado-lescents and adults that con-tain tetanus, diphtheria, andpertussis (called Tdap). Pre-teens going to the doctor fortheir regular check-ups at age11 or 12 should get a dose ofTdap.

    Adults who didn't getTdap as a pre-teen or teenshould get one dose of Tdapinstead of the Tdap booster.Most pregnant women whowere not previously vacci-nated with Tdap should getone dose of Tdap postpartumbefore leaving the hospital orbirthing center.

    Parents can also help pro-tect infants by keeping themaway from anyone who hascold symptoms or is cough-ing.

    It is important that anyonewho has contact with infantsget vaccinated against pertus-sis.

    Individuals should contacttheir healthcare provider orlocal health department toinquire about pertussis vacci-nation.

    For more information onpertussis, go towww.cdc.gov/pertussis.

    Capt. Melanie Muldrow,78th Medical GroupPublic Health Flight

    Lloyd Dowd, 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group, usesa trash grabber to put trash in a bag.

    Staff Sgt. Neal Thompson and Senior Airman GregoryCrawford, 78th Air Base Wing, clean near Bldg. 988.

  • Museum of Arts& SciencesTusks! Ice AgeMammoths & MastodonsNov. 5Noon to 5 p.m.$10, limited seatingYouth CenterFor details, call 468-2110.

    Late Vet Clinic DaysNov. 7, 14, 21 and 289 a.m. to 5 p.m.Bldg. 703For details, call 497-8448.

    ONGOINGMission AuditionTops In BlueLooking for talentedactive duty AirmenApply online attopsinblue.comDeadline Nov. 15

    Mickeys Very MerryChristmas PartyMagic KingdomTheme ParkNov. 8, 9, 11, 13,15, 29 & 30Tickets purchased at ITTand park windowFor details, call 468-2945.

    Veterans DayRed Head Pin BowlNov. 111 to 4 p.m.Bowl a strike when red pinis in No.1 position game is complimentaryFor details, call 926-2112.

    Texas Hold EmHeritage Club Lounge

    Nov. 12 and 19Sign-up 1:30 p.m.Games starts 2 p.m.Members $10, Guests $15For details, call 472-7864.

    Runaway Bar BingoNov. 166 p.m.Heritage Club Bingo RoomFor details, call 468-4515.

    Customer AppreciationThanksgiving MealNov. 1711 a.m. to 1 p.m.Cost $2.50Base RestaurantFor details, call 926-6972.

    It Pays To ClubClub DriveNow through Dec. 31Three months membershipfree and a scratch off cardworth up to $100For details, call 468-2670.

    Fitness CenterLighting RenovationBldgs. 826 & 827Through Nov. 21.Schedule:Bldg. 826 Racquetball Court(Monday for five days)Bldg. 826 Track(Nov. 7 for five days)Bldg. 826 -Cardio/Weight Room(Nov. 14 for five days)Bldg. 826 Pool(Nov. 21 for three days)For details, call 468-2128.

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    ON TAPTexas Hold EmSaturdaySign up at 1:30 p.m.Games start at 2 p.m.Heritage Club Lounge$10 for club members$15 for guestsFor details, call 472-7864.

    Mongolian BBQMonday through Nov. 410 a.m. to 2 p.m.Golf Course, Bldg. 595For details, call 926-4103.

    Holidays on aShoestring BudgetTuesday2 to 3 p.m.A&FRC, Bldg. 794For details, call 468-1256.

    UPCOMINGComplimentaryCrafting ClassDrop in and make a poppyin honor of veterans.Thursday and Nov. 810 a.m. to 6 p.m.Arts & Crafts CenterFor details, call 468-5282.

    Pre-Separation BriefingsThursday, Nov. 10 and 1712:30 to 4 p.m.Bldg. 794For details, call 468-1256.

    First FridayNov. 45 to 6 p.m.Dinner at 6 p.m.HorizonsFor details, call 468-2670.

    Give Parents A BreakNov. 46 to 10 p.m.Youth Center andCDC EastFor details, call 468-5805.

    Club ClosureHorizons and the HeritageClub will be closed Nov. 5in order to facilitate MarineBall events. The HeritageClub Lounge will reopenNov. 6 at noon for FootballFrenzy Nov. 6.For details, call 468-2670.

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