Military Notebook: Knight Foundation gives $100,000 to 21st Century Partnership

February 16, 2014 

The 21st Century Partnership has recognized three organizations as top sponsors.

The partnership has named as platinum sponsors the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Jeff Smith Automotive and Robins Federal Credit Union, according to releases sent last week.

The Knight Foundation gave the partnership a grant of $100,000 to improve communication initiatives over the next three years to ensure the public is aware of the impact of a Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

Jeff Smith Automotive was recognized for its pledge of $50,000 this year.

“It’s a pleasure and an honor to be a part of the partnership’s efforts to preserve Robins Air Force Base and Middle Georgia,” said Jeff Smith, the president and CEO of Jeff Smith Automotive, in the release.

Jeff Smith Automotive has dealerships in Byron, Perry and Warner Robins.

Robins Federal Credit Union was also recognized for its pledge of $50,000 this year.

“Robins Federal Credit Union looks at this as an investment in the future of Middle Georgia, and we are proud to provide support to help ensure the future of Robins Air Force Base,” said John Rhea, president and CEO of the credit union, in the release.

116th Air Control Wing gets top award

The 116th Air Control Wing at Robins received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award in a ceremony held Feb. 9.

Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Georgia National Guard adjutant general, presented the award to Col. Kevin Clotfelter, the wing commander.

Also at the ceremony, the Georgia Medal of Valor was awarded to Senior Airman Joey Defore, a Northside High School graduate and a member of the 128th Airborne Command and Control Squadron.

Defore pulled six children and two adults from a school bus after it slid into a ditch and rolled onto its side in Warner Robins on Aug. 15.

The Georgia Meritorious Service Medal was presented to 116th Security Forces Squadron members Master Sgt. Richard Ross, Tech. Sgt. Dominick Andrews and Tech. Sgt. Timothy White. While aboard a flight to predeployment training, the three part-time Georgia Air National Guard members successfully performed CPR on a passenger who passed out during the flight and showed no signs of life.

Also, the 116th Maintenance Squadron received the Labor of Excellence Award for safety.

The squadron had 2,385 shifts without a workday loss.

Robins civilian honored for work in Afghanistan

Robins Air Force Base recently honored a civilian employee for his work in the war zone.

Stephen Ross, a financial analyst with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, served for a year as lead audit adviser with the Afghan Public Protection Force, according to a base release.

The Air Force veteran voluntarily deployed in September 2012. In a ceremony Jan. 27, he was presented with the Afghan Public Protection Force Appreciation Certificate, a medal from the Department of the Army for Superior Civilian Service, a Non-Article Five North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, and the Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism medal.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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