Retiring RAFB colonel to lead state’s military education efforts

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 4, 2014 

Col. Patricia Ross

WARNER ROBINS -- A retiring Robins Air Force Base colonel will lead the state’s efforts to help current and former military personnel get a technical college education.

Col. Patricia Ross, vice commander of the 78th Air Base Wing, has been tapped to serve as director of military affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia.

Ross has served 25 years in the Air Force at locations around the world. She will start her new job Aug. 1 and will work in the state’s technical college headquarters in Atlanta until the state opens the new Military and Academic Training Center in Warner Robins. Groundbreaking on the $10 million facility is expected in the fall.

“I’m ecstatic,” Ross said. “I’m really excited about the position. That’s one of the reasons why I’m looking forward to it is to help our veterans coming out of the service.”

While she will be based at the training center, along with a counterpart from the University System of Georgia, there will be a separate director’s position for the center. Mike Light, spokesman for the technical college system, said that job likely won’t be filled anytime soon.

Ron Jackson, commissioner of the technical college system, announced the selection of Ross in a news release.

He said Ross’ role will be to lead the state’s efforts to increase education and job training for current and former military personnel and their families.

He said Ross will be the liaison between the state’s 24 technical colleges and the military.

“Col. Ross impressed me not only with her dedication and leadership during her long career with the U.S. Air Force but also by her strong desire to work on behalf of all who have been a part of our nation’s armed forces,” Jackson said in the release.

“She will help us raise the bar to a level that’s above anything that’s been done so far to meet the higher education, training and career development needs of active duty and former military personnel and their dependents.”

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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