Military Notebook: AFRC recommendation may not fly

March 9, 2014 

Local leaders are hopeful a proposal that could eliminate 1,100 jobs at Robins Air Force Base isn’t gaining traction.

A special committee on restructuring the Air Force recommended doing away with Air Force Reserve Command, which is headquartered at Robins, and having Reserve forces serve under the active-duty Air Force.

Recently the 21st Century Partnership took a group of local leaders to Washington to meet with the Air Force’s top military leader, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh.

One of those on the trip was Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker. While Welsh did not directly say he opposed the recommendation, Stalnaker said he came away optimistic it will not be approved by Congress.

“He is not enthused about closing (the AFRC),” Stalnaker said. “I was encouraged with what he had to say.”

On the issue of whether Congress will approve a Base Realignment and Closure Commission for 2017, Stalnaker said there were mixed answers.

“It depends on who you talked to as to whether there is going to be a BRAC,” he said.

Airman convicted of sexual assault

For the second time this year, a Robins airman has been convicted of sexual assault.

Staff Sgt. Jordan T. Monarch, 25, pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a drunk woman and taking nude photos of two women without their consent, according to a story in the Robins Rev Up.

He also admitted to having five images of child pornography.

He was sentenced to five years, 11 months in prison, dishonorably discharged and reduced in rank to airman basic. He also forfeited all pay and allowances. Jordan expressed remorse in a statement to the court.

“I betrayed ... everything I stood for, what I took an oath for,” he said, according to the Rev Up story.

Student veterans group started at GMC

Georgia Military College now has a student organization for military veterans.

According to a release, the Student Veterans Association was officially created on March 3.

The group is a local chapter in the national organization. It will work to help military veterans get the resources and support needed to succeed in college, the release stated.

The founding members of the local chapter are Robert Henry, president; Detorio Brown, vice president; Mallory McMahon, treasurer; and Joe Yantz, secretary. All are veterans, but membership is open to anyone with an interest in veterans issues.

The college has always had many veterans as students, the release stated, but this is the first time they have organized into an official group.

Edward Shelor and Jeannie Zipperer will serve as advisers.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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