Military Notebook: J-STARS proposal gets push back in Congress

April 12, 2014 

A proposal to replace the J-STARS fleet at Robins Air Force Base got some resistance in Congress last week.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh defended the planned modernization of the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to a story in Air Force Magazine online.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., noted that in 2012 then-Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said the Air Force couldn’t afford it. He also questioned whether plans to have the first new jets by 2019 were too ambitious.

Welsh said combatant commanders have said it is “unacceptable” for the J-STARS to be left as-is. The Air Force wants to outfit J-STARS with a new electronics system to be placed in a smaller, business-class jet.

“A new J-STARS capability is a must by the end of the decade, as the current fleet will not be able to operate in certain scenarios in another decade,” Welsh said in his prepared testimony.

Robins official wins top Air Force award

Robins’ top person in charge of preventing sexual assault has been named the best in the job in the Air Force.

Cindy Graver, the sexual assault response coordinator at Robins, won the Air Force’s top award for exceptional service of prevention and response to sexual assault for 2013, according to a base release.

“There are so many wonderful and exceptional SARCs throughout the Air Force. I am just proud to be a part of their team,” Graver said in the release. “Being a SARC at Robins is the best job in the world. I have the honor to work with some of the most amazing professionals in the Air Force, and my leadership is supportive, involved, engaged, and most importantly, believes in the zero tolerance policy for sexual assault.”

She has been at Robins since 2005.

Col. Patricia Ross, 78th Air Base Wing vice commander, in the release called Graver an “outside the box thinker.”

She was credited with creating an initiative to encourage more dialogue on the subject. She also created a team to help meet training requirements on sexual assault prevention.

Robins looking for engineers, computer scientists

Robins is looking for a few good engineers and computer scientists.

The base is planning a recruitment event Thursday at Comfort Inn and Suites on Ga. 247 across from Robins.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Eric Jones, acting technical director of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, said in a release that the base has multiple openings. A degree in engineering or computer science and some work experience is required.

“We have an immediate need for engineers and computer scientists to provide engineering services in embedded software, aircraft, avionics and facilities,” Jones said in the release. “The work requires smart, hard-working, innovative personnel. We have a lot of those already, but we need more.”

Candidates should bring multiple copies of their resume.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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