Aviation magazine honors Robins Air Force Base

April 28, 2013 

Aviation Week magazine has recognized Robins Air Force Base for improvements in productivity.

Doug Keene, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex vice director, accepted the 2013 Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of the Year Award at a conference in Atlanta on April 16.

According to a release, the magazine’s annual awards recognize aviation entities worldwide for achievement and innovation in maintenance and overhaul.

The complex won the award for improving its on-time delivery rate for aircraft from 47 percent in 2011 to 98 percent in 2012.

“We are humbled and honored to receive this great recognition,” said Brig. Gen. Cedric George, commander of the complex, in the release.

He also said the award is “recognition of our relentless focus on speed, quality and safety across our production machines. What we are doing is working so we must stay focused on delivering cost-effective readiness to our sons and daughters in harm’s way.”

J-STARS maintenance team performs money-saving modification

Maintainers in the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins have performed a first-of-its-kind modification to money-saving generators.

According to a release, members of the 116th Maintenance Squadron modified four Trilectron generators to make them easy to switch between the J-STARS fleet of E-8s and the E-4s of the National Airborne Operations Center.

The E-4s, which look similar to Air Force One, are national command and control centers that would direct military forces in the event of a national emergency.

The generators allow the plane’s systems to operate without the engines running when on the ground, thus saving fuel. The Air Force has four E-4s, and one must be on alert at all times.

The modification added cables unique to the E-4 aircraft so that it can remain in a ready state while at Robins without the engines running, saving 500 gallons of fuel per hour.

Overall the modification is expected to save $1.2 million. The 116th maintainers worked with Air Force Sustainment Center engineers and the National Airborne Operations Center program office to develop the modification.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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