Military Notebook: Robins squadron has perfect inspection

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 14, 2013 

The 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base is the first in the Air Force Space Command to earn a 100 percent compliant and outstanding rating on the Logistics Compliance Inspection Program.

The inspection looks at a unit’s ability to effectively perform key logistics tasks, according to a news release.

The squadron had zero discrepancies in dozens of areas inspected.

Col. Bill Waynick, 5th Combat Communications Group commander, credited the inspection results to the hard work and dedication of squadron members.

“The monumental achievement of earning a 100 percent compliant and outstanding rating on the LCAP validates all the hard work and long hours the airmen of the 51st CBCS put forth,” he said in the release.

Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Wise, squadron superintendent, said it was a significant accomplishment.

“I couldn’t be prouder of all the airmen in the 51st,” Wise said in the release. “It was a complete team effort, and we accomplished something that has never been done before and may not be repeated.”

The squadron is a subordinate unit of the 5th Combat Communications Group.

Chambliss introduces bill to help troops

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and two colleagues last week introduced a bill aimed at helping military members enter the civilian workforce.

Chambliss, R-Ga., introduced the Troop Talent Act of 2013 along with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

According to a news release, the bill aims to make it easier for veterans to use their skills from the military to get civilian credentials and licenses.

In February, unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans was 9.4 percent, up from 7.6 percent the previous year. The number of veterans receiving unemployment benefits has more than doubled since 2002, according to the release.

“Our nation has no higher obligation than providing for the men and women who have served and sacrificed in the defense of our country.” Chambliss said in the release. “This legislation will smooth the transition from military to civilian life, so our troops can take their talents into the workforce and continue to contribute to America’s greatness.”

The bill also calls for providing more information to troops throughout their military careers to prepare them for entering the civilian workforce.

Free benefit help available

Federal employees, particularly those entering retirement, have access to free help in navigating paperwork and benefit options.

The Benefit Coordinators is a vendor of the General Services Administration that provides assistance to all federal employees, with an emphasis on helping those entering retirement.

According to a release, retirees may not maximize their benefits if they don’t take the proper steps. For new employees or others not near retirement, the service can assist with determining the best benefit options.

The Benefit Coordinators can provide help over the phone and can also give in-person consultations in homes or other locations.

Staff members can assist the employee in completing the large amount of retirement paperwork often associated with government employment.

The service is available to all federal employees by calling David Trunk at (404) 376-5144 or emailing david.trunk@thebenefitcoordinators.com.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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