Military Notebook: Top AFMC commanders coming to Perry event

October 20, 2012 

Some top Air Force Materiel Command brass will be at the 10th annual Robins Air Force Base Requirements Symposium in November.

The symposium is held each year by the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Aerospace Industry Committee. Hundreds of industry representatives from around the country come to hear Robins Air Force Base officials discuss the needs of the base over the coming year and beyond. It helps industries plan for meeting those needs.

The event will be held Nov. 7-8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

This year’s guest speakers include commanders of two newly created consolidated commands in AFMC, the parent organization of Robins. Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, are scheduled to speak as the event opens on Nov. 7. Also scheduled to speak is Brig. Gen. Cedric George, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, as well as other key leaders at Robins.

After the opening speeches, breakout sessions will be held to detail specific needs of the base.

Last year’s symposium drew 900 total participants, including 475 representatives of more than 300 companies in the U.S. and Canada.

The theme for this year is “Celebrating a Decade of Air Force and Industry Dedicated to the War-fighter.”

To register, go to www.wrcoc-aic.org and click on the Requirements Symposium link. Registration is $250 per person if done by Oct. 29, although active duty military personnel and Department of Defense civilians can attend for free.

Houston commissioners weigh in on sequestration

The Houston County Board of Commissioners voted on several important items at Tuesday’s meeting, including backing a $9.8 million loan for the Development Authority to buy a 678-acre tract for industrial development.

However, in the mind of Board Chairman Tommy Stalnaker, possibly the most important item on the agenda was a resolution concerning sequestration.

That’s the term used to refer to $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal spending set to take place Jan. 2 unless Congress reaches an alternative agreement. Only entitlements are left largely untouched.

Most significantly for Middle Georgia, it would mean an estimated 9.4 percent cut in most military spending.

The resolution, done at the request of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be sent to members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation and President Barack Obama, urging them to put partisan differences aside and come to an agreement to stop sequestration.

Stalnaker said there is a misconception that sequestration only impacts the military, when its actual effects are far-reaching.

“This potentially could be devastating to the nation, and we certainly are in hopes that Congress will come to grips with this and come up with a resolution,” Stalnaker said.

The chamber has been taking the resolution to other governing bodies in the area to get the same approval.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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