Sweep at Robins finds objectionable workplace items

wcrenshaw@macon.comJanuary 23, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- An Air Force-wide sweep for objectionable workplace materials uncovered at least 59 items at Robins Air Force Base that were then confiscated.

The sweep was mandated as part of the Air Force’s efforts to curb sexual assault. A report issued last week stated the sweep uncovered 32,016 items at 100 installations.

In response to a request from the Telegraph, Robins reported finding 59 objectionable items in its sweep of all units at the base under Air Force Materiel Command, which makes up the bulk of base operations. That includes units in the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and the 78th Air Base Wing. Tenant units reported findings through their own chain of command.

The Robins sweep found a total of 77 questionable items among the Air Force Materiel Command units, but 18 of those were not removed pending further guidance. The remaining 59 were either immediately removed, or deleted if found on a computer. Nothing was considered serious enough to warrant disciplinary action.

“While summaries gathered from inspectors indicated an overall awareness in our airmen of the importance of demonstrating respect and professionalism in all environments, they also spoke to the valuable reinforcement of Air Force standards of good order and discipline this inspection afforded,” Col. Mitchel Butikofer, 78th Air Base Wing commander, said in an e-mail.

The objectionable items found at Robins included books and magazines, pictures, figurines, magnets, stickers and patches, and digital images and documents on shared drives.

A story in the Air Force Times last week reported that the Air Force Times itself, an independent publication that can be found throughout offices at Robins, was among the objectionable items, specifically an issue that featured two uniformed airmen on the cover breast feeding.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh ordered the sweep, officially dubbed a “health and welfare inspection,” after he said he received multiple complaints about offensive material in the workplace. He also suggested such material could be linked to sexual assault.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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