Military Notebook: Air Force meets with companies about J-STARS upgrade

April 19, 2014 

The Air Force met with representatives from 35 companies last week to discuss its plans for replacement of the J-STARS fleet at Robins Air Force Base.

According to a release, the meeting was held with about 100 representatives of aircraft and communication companies around the country who were gathered for industry week at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

“The purpose of the event was to open a dialogue with industry representatives and engage in discussion about the results of the latest J-STARS request for information,” Maj. Kate Stowe, aircraft and communications team lead, said in the release. “We received some great technical information to help us move forward and identify the solutions for the program.”

The Air Force is looking to replace the aging E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System planes with a smaller business jet and new technology.

5th Mob wins combat award

The 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins has won its second Meritorious Unit Award.

According to a base release, the award is unique because it honors service in support of combat operations.

The unit, known as the 5th Mob, was recognized for its efforts from October 2011 to October 2013. During that period, the unit logged more than 32,000 deployed man-days across 27 sites and 14 nations.

The unit was recognized for conducting base closure operations throughout Iraq, establishment of a new base in the Middle East and numerous deployments to Afghanistan. The 5th Mob also supported the response to Super Storm Sandy and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

Former Robins commander nominated for two stars

A former Robins Air Force Base commander has been nominated to the rank of major general.

Brig. Gen. Warren D. Berry, who served as installation commander at Robins from 2008 to 2009, has been nominated to the rank of major general, according to a Department of Defense release. Berry is currently serving as director of logistics, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Berry also served as vice commander of the 78th Air Base Wing at Robins from 2006 to 2008.

The nomination is subject to approval by the Senate.

Nominations sought for Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame

The Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its 2014 class.

Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 29. Categories are valor, achievement and service.

Last year the newly formed hall accepted 18 Georgia veterans into its inaugural class. To download a nomination form, go to For additional information, call the director, retired Col. Paul Longgrear at 706-302-2220 or email

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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