U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will hold a public meeting in Dublin on Thursday to discuss veterans issues.
The meeting will be held from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce at 1200 Belleview Ave., according to a release.
The meeting is one of a series Isakson is holding on veterans issues. He will give a brief update from Washington, then will take questions from the audience.
Veterans are invited to share concerns about access to health care, benefits and any other general concerns or comments.
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Earlier in the day, Isakson is scheduled to tour the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin and meet with personnel there.
Isakson is a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and was a Senate negotiator on the conference committee, producing a “bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 to improve care at VA health care facilities across the country,” the release said.
Robins machinists help Saudi F-15s
Machinists in the 573rd Commodities Maintenance Squadron at Robins recently manufactured “high priority” parts to keep the Royal Saudi Air Force’s F-15s flying.
With the age of the aircraft, parts sometimes have to be made from scratch. The Robins machinists, according to a release, made hinges for additional fuel tanks fitted outside the plane. The extra tanks allow the planes to fly farther.
The hinges are crucial to being able to access the fuel in the tanks. It took about a week and a half to make the three hinges.
In cooperation with Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, Virginia, a process was worked out months ago to manufacture the parts. The work is “part of a long, established military relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.”
Maj. Raied Egran, a former Royal Saudi Air Force liaison officer at Robins who was involved in the process, said obsolete parts are often an issue with the planes.
“Sometimes we need just one or two items -- not in big quantities, but small ones -- that allow us to fly our aircraft,” he said in the release. “The facilities and machinery capable of producing these items here are amazing.”
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