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Date set for 78th Air Base Wing change of command

Robins Air Force Base will have a new “mayor” on June 25.

That’s the date that has been set for the change of the command of the 78th Air Base Wing. The wing commander serves a role that is often compared to that of the mayor of a city, overseeing the base’s infrastructure, building maintenance, security, recreation and emergency services, among other duties.

The outgoing commander is Col. Chris Hill, who has held the position for the traditional two years. The new commander is Col. Jeff King, who currently serves as maintenance commander at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena is a significant customer of Robins, with 54 F-15 fighter jets that get heavy maintenance at Robins.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. in the Century of Flight Hangar at the Museum of Aviation.


Two dentist offices in Middle Georgia are offering free dental care to military veterans on June 27.

The effort is organized by Aspen Dental, which has 300 practices in 31 states that are participating, according to a release. Aspen Dental offices in Macon and Warner Robins are participating. Appointments will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are on a first-come basis and can be made by calling 844-AspenHMM.

Aspen Dental offices are independently owned and operated.

The initiative is part of the Healthy Mouth Movement, which Aspen Dental and Oral Health America launched last year to provide dental care for those in need. The movement this year is focused on helping veterans in partnership with Got Your 6. For more information go to


The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin is having its quarterly town hall meeting June 18.

The meeting will be from 10-11:30 a.m. in the auditorium on the second floor of Building 2.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in veterans needs, according to a news release. Attendees will be able to voice any concerns about hospital services or suggestions they may have for improvements.

Veterans also are invited to view the center’s Facebook page and Twitter feed to see the latest updates.