New installation commander set to take over at Robins

June 2, 2013 

Robins Air Force Base will have a new installation commander Friday.

Col. Mitchel Butikofer, commander of the 78th Air Base Wing for the past two years, will relinquish command to Col. Christopher Hill in a ceremony to be held at the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight Hangar, according to a story in the Robins Rev Up.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and will be officiated by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center.

Robins commissary closing on Tuesdays

Beginning July 9, the commissary at Robins will close on Tuesdays, according to a base release.

The closing is the result of mandated furloughs throughout the Department of Defense and will continue through Sept. 30.

Some military commissaries will close on Mondays, but the Robins commissary and some others already routinely close on that day. Those will now also close on Tuesday.

“This decision will undoubtedly cause a burden on our customers, but we concluded this day would have the least impact to operations,” Susan Edmonds, commissary director,” said in the release.

Robins distribution unit wins awards

The Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Center at Robins is the winner of DLA’s Global Distribution Excellence Award.

According to a release, the center’s Performance Excellence Office also was named the DLA Distribution Team of the Year. The office won the award in part for its role in developing a new staffing model and reclaiming nine F-15 wing fixtures, which saved $101 million.

“Each team member touched every aspect of our distribution center and distribution operations, leading to many successful events during the year,” Frank Holobinko, DLA Distribution Warner Robins director, said in the release.

Also the center claimed its first Phyllis C. Campbell Award for Superior Performance and four individual honors. The Phyllis C. Campbell award recognizes a distribution center or site for Global Distribution Excellence.

DLA operates 26 sites around the world that receive, store, pack and ship more than 4 million items.

Chamber helps with BRAC studies

The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce is giving $75,000 to the 21st Century Partnership to assist with completing a series of studies that look at how the area stacks up to other military communities.

The studies will be used to determine the area’s strengths and weaknesses in the event of a new Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or in the event of opportunities to bring new missions to the base.

Walter “Randy” Randall, chairman of the chamber board, said in an email message to members announcing the donation that developing the area’s value as a defense community is a focus this year.

Randall said information from the studies can also help the chamber in its efforts to lure new business and industry.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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