Robins wins award for energy, water conservation

April 6, 2013 

Robins Air Force Base has been recognized for its efforts to reduce energy and water consumption.

A release issued Monday said the base won first place in Air Force Materiel Command’s 2012 Facility Energy Excellence Award competition.

Col. Mitchel Butikofer, installation commander, credited the award to a culture change on base.

“The key to energy conservation resides in each individual’s actions,” he said. “This award is great recognition for the initiative and persistence necessary to change a culture.”

Robins part of iPad initiative

Software engineers at Robins Air Force Base are helping lighten the load for cargo aircraft through iPad apps.

In February, according to a release, air crews on the C-5, C-17 and C-130 traded in their bulky manuals, charts and other reference materials for an “electronic flight bag.”

That information is now kept on an iPad, and the 578th Software Maintenance Squadron at Robins is maintaining the devices as well as developing associated apps.

One example is that the squadron is converting PC-based programs currently in use in the cockpits into iPad apps.

“Air crews regularly take laptops onto aircraft to run applications such as weight and balance and takeoff and land data,” Rob Frisch, the 578th’s program manager for app development, said in the release. “We are now converting these for use on the iPad.”

The 578th also wants to automate many of the forms crews have to fill out before taking off.

“The 402nd Software Maintenance Group wants to take a lead role as tablet-based technology rolls out to our airmen and as new technologies become available for the warfighter,” said Wayne Osborn, director of the 402nd Software Maintenance Group, in the release.

Job fair planned in Glennville

Veterans interested in a law enforcement career are invited to a job fair in Glennville on April 17.

The fair is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Department of Defense and the Georgia National Guard.

Representatives of the Parole Board, Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Public Safety and Department of Natural Resources will be on hand to answer questions from potential job applicants.

“Our U.S. veterans know what it means to protect and serve America,” Parole Board Chairman Albert Murray said in a release. “We are proud of the veterans already working in their roles with the agency, and we welcome those who wish to pursue a public safety career.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Glennville. The agencies have 800 jobs available. Veterans can register for it online at

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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