Robins airmen now permitted to visit LaRouge

Col. Carl Buhler, the commander of the 78th Air Base Wing and Robins Air Force Base operations, lifted his order prohibiting Robins airmen from entering LaRouge nightclub in Warner Robins.

“I’m satisfied the management for LaRouge has addressed the critical security concerns,” Buhler said in the Robins Rev-Up, the base newspaper.

Buhler issued the order shortly after a Sept. 4 shooting outside the nightclub that left Clarence Lee, a Robins Air Force Base non-commissioned officer, dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Military reconsiders social media rules

According to an article last week in the Christian Science Monitor, the military is considering allowing its troops to access social media Web sites — Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. — at work on unclassified computers. An Air Force spokesman in Washington said the policy is still “under consideration.”

“There is not a signed policy out,” said Lt. Col. Eric Butterbaugh of the Air Force public affairs office. The military had rigidly blocked its troops from accessing social media sites, at least until recently.

The Air Force held a symposium in Massachusetts this year on embracing social media to communicate with local military communities.

Robins launches Combined Federal Campaign

The annual drive to support the Combined Federal Campaign was launched Thursday during a lunchtime ceremony at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. The campaign is an annual drive to raise money for a group of nonprofit organizations associated with the CFC.

Robins Air Force Base raised $1.48 million last year. That was ahead of the base goal, said a base spokesman — a remarkable accomplishment given that last year’s campaign started immediately after the financial meltdown.

Donations to the Combined Federal Campaign can be submitted as early as Wednesday.

tests on Airlifters on dirt runways begin

With obvious parallels to the Afghan environs, the Air Force has begun test-landing C-17s on dirt runways. The Air Force’s Air Mobility Command ran the test landings this summer at “undisclosed locations,” according to the command’s public affairs office.

The test landings found that the C-17 was able to land on 65 percent of the Earth’s soils.

Many of the Air Force’s C-17s fly into Robins Air Force Base for maintenance work.

C-7A Memorial lands at Museum of Aviation

A memorial bench, honoring the Vietnam-era C-7A Tactical Airlift Squadron, is now a part of the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. The memorial was given to the museum by the C-7A Caribou Association last month.

Engraved in the stone memorial bench are the names of C-7A Tactical Airlift Squadron members who lost their lives in Vietnam.

The Museum of Aviation has a C-7A on display that saw combat during the Vietnam War. It has been a part of the museum since 1985.

To contact military writer Thomas L. Day, call 744-4489.