About once every year or two, Bob Sargent turns into the Alligator Hunter.
Part of his job as natural resources manager at Robins Air Force Base is making sure animals -- particularly large and dangerous ones -- don’t wander too far out of the vast woodlands east of the base.
On July 28, he had to break out his best Steve Irwin moves after someone spotted an alligator in a water runoff area near the runway. Sargent went to the scene and confirmed the report. He also noted the alligator didn’t seem too afraid of him, which is not a good sign.
So he pulled out a snare pole and caught the gator around the head. He then jumped on its back and subdued it with the help of an assistant and some duct tape.
He determined the 6-foot, 80-pound gator to be a female. It was relocated to a much better home -- the Ocmulgee River. Sargent said the gator behaved as if someone had fed it, which can make it dangerous. He emphasized people should never approach a gator, whether to feed or to just have a closer look.
KC-135s make brief return to Robins
The KC-135 aerial refuelers are making a temporary return visit to Robins.
The base was once the home of a wing that included the KC-135 Stratotankers, a critical asset to the nation’s ability to wage war.
On Aug. 7, a detachment of five KC-135s from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., arrived at Robins and will remain through Saturday. The aircraft are here to participate in a Department of Defense exercise to include more than 20 aircraft and 1,100 ground personnel, according to a McConnell release.
Robins is not involved in the exercise itself but has been heavily involved in supporting the unit. The 116th Air Control Wing is assisting with maintenance and several other organizations have been involved in supporting the unit during its stay.
Robins joins Facebook
Most people in Middle Georgia like Robins, now they can express that on Facebook.
As a part of the Air Force’s initiative to take advantage of social media, the base recently started a Facebook page. Users can find the page by doing a search for Robins Air Force Base, then clicking the “like” button.
They will then get feeds with current information about the base and news items such the Ruck March to Remember that went through Middle Georgia this week. As of Thursday, the page had 66 “likes.”
Compiled by writer Wayne Crenshaw.