Military Notebook: Moving Wall heading to Dublin later this summer

June 28, 2014 

The Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be in Dublin on Aug. 14-17.

The wall will be at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. The visit is sponsored by the Laurens County Historical Society.

“We strive to educate the community on the price veterans paid for us and the respect they deserve from us,” Johnny Payne, chairman of the committee organizing the visit, said in a news release.

The Moving Wall visits between 22 and 28 U.S. cities each year. There is no admission.

“Many of those who visit The Moving Wall leave flowers, notes, medals, photographs and other loving mementos at the memorial,” Payne said in the release. “All items left there will be collected on the last day of the display, marked and boxed and then shipped to the Vietnam Combat Veterans, Ltd. office for storage in their warehouse.”

The wall is inscribed with the named U.S. military members killed in Vietnam. Volunteers will assist anyone looking for a specific name.

The Moving Wall will be open to the public 24 hours a day, from setup on Aug. 14 until late afternoon on Aug. 17.

Those who want to be a volunteer or make contributions for this event may contact Payne at 478-689-5035 or email jlpayne9@bellsouth.net.

Robins gets state energy award

Robins Air Force Base recently won an award for clean energy efforts.

During the Georgia Alternative Fueled Vehicle Road Show at the Museum of Aviation on June 19, Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols presented the base with the sustainability recognition award.

According to a base news release, Echols lauded the installation for its innovations with clean energy, its use of energy-efficient light bulbs and its commitment to install eco-friendly heating and cooling systems.

“I really see the military, your base and our state leading the way,” Echols said, according to the release. “These old habits can be broken with the right discipline.”

The road show allowed people to see vehicles running on electricity, propane, biodiesel, natural gas and solar energy.

Air Force raises enlistment age

If you are pushing 40 and looking for a new career, it’s not too late to join the Air Force.

The service has raised its maximum enlistment age dramatically, according to a story in Stars and Stripes. Among all of the branches, the Air Force did have the lowest maximum age at 27, but now it has the highest at age 39.

The maximum age for Army enlisted recruits is 35, while it’s 34 for the Navy and 28 for the Marines.

Air Force officials said they will be watching to see how older recruits handle basic training physically.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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