Macon, Ga. – Lt. Gen. Donald E. “Gene” Kirkland recently met with leaders from Robins Air Force Base (Robins AFB), the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA), and Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) to get a firsthand look at the transformation of the former Boeing building into the new aviation workforce training and sustainment center. Lt. Gen. Kirkland is the Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Air Force Materiel Command. As the AFSC Commander, he leads 43,000 Total Force U.S. and U.K. Airmen across three air logistics complexes (including Robins AFB), three air base wings, and two supply chain wings.
Robbie Fountain, chairman of the MBCIA, and leaders from CGTC reiterated each organization’s commitment to assuring a lasting pipeline into the region’s largest employer, Robins AFB. Scott Edge, deputy director of the 402 Commodities Maintenance Group (CMXG) at Robins AFB, provided an overview of the important work that will be performed in the facility.
Leadership from each party announced in April the relocation of aerospace training programs from CGTC and a portion of the Robins AFB commodities workload to the facility at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MGRA) in Macon. Both Robins AFB and CGTC are currently transitioning the necessary resources into the facility. This partnership will not only strengthen the local aviation industry, but will free-up hangar space at Robins AFB, as well as lab and classroom space on the College’s campuses, which will position both entities for future growth.
PHOTO: (Pictured left to right) Robbie Fountain, chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, Lt. Gen. Donald E. “Gene” Kirkland, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Air Force Materiel Command, and Dr. Ivan H. Allen, president of Central Georgia Technical College.