While the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System unit based at Robins Air Force Base is commonly deployed to combat zones, it also can have a role in civilian emergencies.
According to a story in the Robins Rev-Up newspaper, the unit recently participated in an exercise that simulated a hurricane. The J-STARS’ job was to relay information about evacuation routes to ground personnel. That information included flooding, route damage and bridge integrity.
The exercise, called Vigilant Guard, was done over South Carolina. The exercise is designed to improve coordination among federal, state and local agencies during a disaster.
In combat, J-STARS monitors a wide area and provides information about enemy movements to commanders on the ground.
STATE OF THE BASE PLANNED
The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding the Robins State of the Base luncheon Wednesday.
The event will offer insight into what’s happening at Robins Air Force Base. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elevate Building at the corner of Moody and Sandy Run roads.
The registration deadline has passed, but a few seats are still available. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Tickets are $30 and are available at the chamber.
Col. Chris Hill, commander of the 78th Air Base Wing, is the featured speaker.
MILITARY ACADEMY DAY PLANNED
High school students interested in attending a military academy can learn more about the process in an event planned for May 9 in Marietta.
U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, both Georgia Republicans, are holding the event at Dobbins Air Force Base.
The deadline for registration is April 29. Students can register at www.isakson.senate.gov. Questions can be emailed to Sarah_Baska@Perdue.Senate.gov.
Representatives from all five academies will be there.
FORMER ROBINS COMMANDER GETS NEW POST
A former Robins Air Force Base commander has been named to a top position in Air Force Materiel Command. Maj. Gen. Theresa C. Carter has been named commander of the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The unit was established in August, and Carter was named the provisional commander then, but the recent announcement makes the title permanent.
From 2006 to 2008, Carter, who was then a colonel, served as commander of the 78th Air Base Wing at Robins.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.