As a part of the annual Dixie Crow Symposium this week, 8th District U.S. Rep. Austin Scott will be at the Museum of Aviation on Tuesday to discuss the impact of sequestration.
He will be part of a roundtable discussion that also includes retired Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, president of the 21st Century Partnership, as well as senior executives from defense contractors.
The panel discussion begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Eagle Buildings Scott Theater. Those who wish to attend must register in advance for the symposium. Registration is free and can be done at www.crows.org/chapters/dixie-crow.
Dixie Crow is the local chapter of the Association of Old Crows, which is an organization of government employees and defense contractors with an interest in electronic warfare and information operations. The symposium is in its 38th year, and more than 2,000 people are expected to attend.
Events will be held throughout the week, and this years symposium is focused on maximizing electronic warfare capabilities in an era of budget cuts.
Unemployment among veterans drops
Annual unemployment figures released Wednesday show positive trends for veterans seeking jobs.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for veterans overall dropped from 8.3 percent in 2011 to 7 percent in 2012. For post-9/11 veterans, unemployment dropped from 12.1 percent in 2011 to 9.9 percent in 2012.
The release credited the improvement to growth in jobs overall as well as initiatives aimed at helping veterans find jobs.
Most of the high unemployment among post-9/11 veterans can be attributed to those in the 18-24 age group, which had an unemployment rate of 20.4 in 2012.
Flight Test Squadron gets new commander
The 339th Flight Test Squadron at Robins Air Force Base has a new leader.
Lt. Col. Dante C. Badia took command from Lt. Col. John R. Nowak in a ceremony held at the Museum of Aviation on March 15. Nowak has served as commander since 2009.
The squadron is part of the Air Force Reserve Command at Robins and is one of the largest flight test squadrons in the command, according to a release.
The squadron serves as the final authority on whether the C-130, F-15 and C-5 are ready to be returned to service following overhaul maintenance at Robins. The squadron also picks up and delivers aircraft.
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