Military Notebook: Two Robins airmen get Bronze Stars

Master Sgts. Robert D. Rose and David R. Barber were awarded Bronze Stars on Friday afternoon at Robins Air Force Base for acts performed in Iraq. Rose and Barber are currently assigned to the 78th Security Forces Squadron, based at Robins.

Rose was deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, from November 2008 to May 2009, leading 135 combat missions, according to the award citation. “Sergeant Rose also led multiple teams on seven high-risk capture missions, ending the terrorist activity of seven high-value insurgents,” the citation said.

Barber was also deployed to Kirkuk and was credited with leading 131 missions, including operations that found more than 3,000 pounds of explosives.

Air Force report: Cost of C-130 modernization program grows

The cost of the C-130 Aircraft Modernization Program has grown more than 15 percent from its original estimated cost, according to an Air Force report.

According to federal law, the program now must be referred to Congress.

If the cost of the program grows beyond 25 percent of the original price tag, the program can be terminated.

The C-130 AMP is a series of upgrades to the aircraft’s cockpit, including increased radar capabilities and night vision for the pilot. The system was slated, in part, to be installed into the Air Force’s C-130 fleet at Robins.

The cost explosion figures to throw the future of the program into further doubt.

Last summer, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz recommended the program be terminated. “The bottom line is, we couldn’t afford it,” Schwartz told an audience at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference in Washington last September.

The Obama administration’s 2011 Defense Budget request, however, did include funding for the program.

Air Force Reserve commander to testify in front of House panel

Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, commander of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command, will be testifying in front of the House Armed Services on Thursday afternoon.

He will be joined by his reserve counterparts from the Army, Navy, and the Marine Corps as well as the top generals from the National Guard and Air National Guard.

Stenner calls Robins home, but frequently works in Washington.

Earth Day festivities planned for rest of month at Robins

Every day in Middle Georgia, at least this month, is Earth Day.

Robins will be holding a number of events to mark Earth Day, which is recognized on April 22, this week through the end of the month.

The base is soliciting volunteers to help clean up Bryant Cemetery on Friday and to help clean up Duck, Luna and Scout lakes on base April 20.

An Earth Day golf tournament is scheduled for April 23 at Pine Oaks Golf Course on base. On April 28, the base plans to open a new recycling facility.

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