Military Notebook: Flu vaccines at Robins end Tuesday

October 26, 2013 

Robins Air Force Base employees have until Tuesday to get a flu vaccination provided on base.

The base has been partnering with the Houston County Health Department to provide flu vaccinations to civilian employees. The vaccine costs $25, according to a release, however employees with certain types of insurance may have the cost covered.

The partnership was formed after budget cuts led to the elimination of Air Force Materiel Command’s free flu vaccine program.

“In the past, AFMC has offered both the flu vaccine and wellness programs because civilian health and wellness is an important factor that supports our command mission,” said Col. James King, AFMC command surgeon, in the release. “Unfortunately, limited resources required us to prioritize and ultimately fund broader health programs that provide more resources for the total health of our civilian workforce.”

Col. Michael Rappa, 78th Medical Group Occupational Medicine Services chief, said he is thrilled with the partnership.

“Getting a flu shot is easy, and it’s the best way to prevent seasonal flu illness,” he said in the release. “We are so fortunate that our local county health department is willing to come to Robins in support of this important preventive health action.”

So far the health department has given about 300 shots to Robins employees. The shots will conclude Tuesday.

Veteran’s Day ceremony planned

A Veteran’s Day wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Warner Robins City Hall on Nov. 11.

The program begins at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall, at 700 Watson Blvd.

The Enlisted Association and other local veterans groups are organizing the event.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Danny Johnson, who formerly served as command chief at Robins, will be the guest speaker. The event is expected to last 30-45 minutes.

Defense Logistics Agency at Robins wins honor

The Commodities Support Team of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation at Robins has been recognized for significantly improving customer service.

According to a release, the unit was one of six to win DLA’s Strategic Goals Award.

The team significantly reduced back orders for DLA-managed items. The reductions were achieved by aggressively working existing back orders and taking action to reduce the creation of new back orders, the release stated. It resulted in a 65 percent decrease in back orders from the beginning of fiscal 2012.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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