Military Notebook: Former Robins commanders tapped for promotion

January 27, 2013 

Three former top commanders at Robins Air Force Base have been selected for promotion in the general ranks.

Col. Carl Buhler, who served as commander of the 78th Air Base Wing from 2009 to 2011, has been nominated for appointment to brigadier general. He currently serves as director of logistics, Headquarters Pacific Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Brig. Gen. Theresa C. Carter, who served as 78th Air Base Wing commander from 2006 to 2008, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. She currently serves as commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing, Air Education and Training Command, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Brig. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, who commanded the 402nd Maintenance Wing at Robins from 2009 to 2011, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. He currently serves as the director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Air Force announced the appointments in a release last week.

116th Guardsmen contribute to presidential inauguration

Air National Guard members in the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins spent five days in Washington supporting the inauguration.

According to a release from the wing, the guardsmen were food-service specialists who helped feed 6,000 National Guard troops assisting with the inauguration.

The troops were all traditional, part-time guardsmen. The troops operated just blocks from the Capitol at the Kennedy Recreation Center.

B-17 pilot donates $25,000 for Savannah restoration

A former B-17 pilot donated $25,000 toward the restoration of a B-17 at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum near Savannah.

The pilot, who wasn’t named in the museum release, gave the money to purchase an authentic, working ball turret. The turrets on the famed World War II aircraft were used to shoot down attacking enemy fighters.

“This is further indication of the historical significance of this aircraft and its importance to our veterans, our local community and our country,” museum President Henry Skipper said in the release. “Between now and the formal dedication of the airplane, this ball turret will be fully operational, making it one of the only fully-functioning B-17 ball turrets in the world.”

The turret is expected to arrive at the museum in February.

For more information about the museum or the B-17 restoration project, call (912) 748-8888 or visit www.mightyeighth.org. The museum is located at 175 Bourne Avenue in Pooler, off Interstate 95, exit 102.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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