Military Notebook: Robins gains J-STARS software workload

June 22, 2013 

Robins Air Force Base is gaining additional software work for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System that will eventually mean about 20 new jobs.

According to a base release, the Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance division, commonly referred to as C2ISR, will do more software maintenance for J-STARS. The new work is expected to reach full operation by 2016, but 10 new jobs already have been created as a result.

“It continues to build our C2ISR capabilities,” Brigid O’Hearn, 577th Software Maintenance Squadron director, said in the release. “That’s been a big squadron focus to try to share expertise, knowledge and capabilities across the ISR platforms.”

Three new labs -- for sensor, radar and development -- will be established.

The expanded workload is the result of combining capabilities with Northrop Grumman Corp.’s integration facility, which currently handles all of the software’s development programs, according to the release.

Performing the maintenance at Robins will allow J-STARS operators to have feedback and troubleshooting help readily available, the release stated.

“There will be a great benefit to having this development co-located with the operational wings,” Col. Kevin Clotfelter, 116th Air Control Wing commander, said in the release.

Base, community leaders to sign agreement

Robins and community officials are set to sign an agreement Monday to increase mutual assistance.

The memorandum of understanding will allow the sharing of firing ranges between law enforcement and Robins security forces, as well as partnerships in medical training between regional health care providers and the base clinic and work/study programs between area colleges and the base education office.

Robins contributes to firefighting

People who don’t work at Robins, and even some who do, may not realize the scope of work done there.

The base is even involved in fighting forest fires.

C-130s, which undergo programmed depot maintenance at Robins, were involved in fighting a fire in Colorado that began June 11 and scorched 14,000 acres. But the maintenance on C-130s is not the base’s only involvement.

The C-130s fight fires using the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, which can be put on the planes without structural modification. Robins provides engineering support and troubleshooting for the system, according to a story in Friday’s Robins Rev-Up.

The Tactical Airlift Division at Robins ensures the airworthiness of planes using the MAFFS system and makes sure the equipment is safe and in proper working condition.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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