Robins AFB Community
Robins’ Associate Units
Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command at Robins is responsible for providing logistics support and ensuring combat readiness for more than 76,100 Air Force reservists nationwide. Known as “Citizen Airmen,” these reservists play an integral role in our national defense and are vital to the effectiveness of the U.S. military in combat.
The command has three numbered air forces divided into 36 wings, three flying groups, one space group and more than 600 subordinate units. These units are on active-duty or reserve bases in 29 states. The Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver reports directly to the command. The center serves reservists in the Individual Mobilization Augmentee Program who work in all the other major commands as well as most of the Air Force’s field operating agencies and direct reporting units.
Because of the ability to call up forces only when needed, AFRC is very cost-effective, providing 20 percent of the Air Force’s capability for about 4 percent of the total Air Force budget. Through its reserve components, the Air Force retains experienced professionals. About 93 percent of AFRC aircrews and 86 percent of the support troops previously served on active duty, averaging more than 12 years of experience.
Since 1950, the Air Force Reserve has taken part in nearly every one of our nation’s humanitarian, peace-keeping and military operations around the world. In the beginning of 2005, about 4,000 reservists were on mobilized status by the president, and about 2,500 volunteered in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and other overseas contingency operations. These reservists are deployed in various countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq as well as in the United States for homeland defense.
“Citizen Airmen” balance the demands of their military service with those of their families and civilian employers. To make the Air Force mission a success, reservists go “above and beyond” the commitments of civilian life, balancing military service with their civilian jobs.
AFRC has four categories of full- and part-time duty reservists. “Traditional” unit reservists train part time as a unit—at least one weekend each month along with two weeks of annual training each year—and deploy when required. Individual mobilization augmentees, or IMAs, are assigned part time to active-duty units and usually backfill or deploy when required. Another category of reservists belong to the Active Guard and Reserve program. These reservists work full time on active duty. Air reserve technicians work full time in dual roles as federal civilian employees and reservists to ensure unit readiness and training continuity.
The headquarters staff is a mix of active duty, reservists on active-duty tours, air reserve technicians and civil service employees. Directorates within the headquarters include operations, logistics, financial management, communications, personnel, public affairs, services, history, staff judge advocate, health services, recruiting and more.
Reserve, active-duty and National Guard Airmen work together as equal partners in the Total Force, providing frontline troops actively engaged in worldwide missions. The command has several unique missions in the Air Force and is the sole provider of aerial weather reconnaissance, fixed-wing aerial spray missions and search and rescue for Space Shuttle missions. Other specialized missions include cleaning oil spills, assisting the nation’s counter-drug efforts and firefighting with the U.S. Forest Service.
AFRC owns nearly 400 aircraft and flies hundreds more through the associate program with active-duty units. It uses equipment on the leading edge of technology in air, space and cyberspace. Reserve fighters, bombers, tankers, cargo aircraft, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets integrate seamlessly with the active force and Air National Guard to accomplish the mission successfully. Command aircraft include the A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II, B-52 Stratofortress, F-16C/D Fighting Falcon, HH-60 Pave Hawk, C-5 Galaxy, C-9 Nightingale, KC-135 Stratotanker, MC-130 Combat Talon I and C-130 Hercules including models C-130E/H/J, HC-130N/P and WC-130J.
AFRC aircrews fly a variety of missions: airborne warning and control, flight school training, aeromedical evacuation, special operations, airlift, aerial refueling, air superiority, combat air patrols, interdiction, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray, rescue, mobile aerial firefighting, strategic/tactical bombing, oil dispersant, entomology and space shuttle support. In addition, reservists conduct space operations supporting the Global Positioning System Program, Defense Support Program and Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.
Band of the
U.S. Air Force Reserve
One of the premier musical organizations in the Southeast is the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, which performs extensively throughout its primary geographic area of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. In addition, the band is often asked to perform in other areas of the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
The band consists of 45 active-duty airmen musicians assigned to a wide variety of ensembles ranging from a solo bagpiper, small brass and woodwind ensembles, popular rock group, big band jazz ensemble, to the highly acclaimed concert band. No matter the ensemble, the band proudly radiates the pride and professionalism of the Air Force and of the 70,000 Citizen Airmen of the Air Force Reserve.
In all, the band logs close to 400 performances and more than 100,000 miles a year in support of Department of Defense, Air Force and Air Force Reserve recruiting, military affairs, and community relations objectives.
Team JSTARS is a Total Force Initiative Active-Associate construct consisting of the Air National Guard 116th Air Control Wing and the Active Duty 461st Air Control Wing. The two wings boast a workforce of nearly 2,800 members assigned to operations, maintenance, mission support and medical groups, as well as the Army’s 138th Military Intelligence Company. The team combines the talents of Air National Guardsmen, Air Force and Army Active Duty, and civilians to train, equip, mobilize, and deploy combat aircraft, aircrews, and support anytime, anywhere in the world.
Team JSTARS’ role in national defense is to provide uninterrupted Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C2ISR), in support of the Joint Forces Air Component Commander. The team provides around-the-clock electronic over-watch with trained Airmen and Soldiers aboard the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS. The aircraft has advanced radar, computer, and communications technologies that synergistically create a powerful airborne battlespace management system. The E-8C can respond quickly and effectively to support worldwide contingency operations and has been employed in every major American conflict since 1991.
Having flown more than 72,000 combat hours since Sept. 11, 2001, Team JSTARS, utilizing the unique capabilities of the E-8C, continues to support combatant commanders around the globe.
638th Supply Chain Management Group
The mission of the 638th Supply Chain Management Group is to sustain weapon systems worldwide by providing supply chain management life cycle support to include developing enterprise demand/supply plans, developing/implementing sourcing strategies, executing the supply plan, and executing cognizant engineering authority to meet customer requirements for aircraft structural and avionics systems, electronic warfare, support equipment, vehicles and automatic test equipment commodities.
The 638th SCMG is a group under the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing which is an organization under the Air Force Global Logistics Support Center headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
The AFGLSC is the hub for supply chain management, networking logistics experts from around the Air Force to link wholesale and retail logistics, as well as integrate and oversee all logistic processes, technology, and resources to deliver end-to-end warfighter support with increased velocity and at reduced cost.
Defense Logistics Agency-Warner Robins
Defense Logistics Agency Warner Robins represents DLA in its efforts to extend the enterprise and serves as a critical link in DLA’s total supply chain support of the warfighter. It provides timely and effective logistical support to the 402nd Maintenance Wing. DLA-WR manages supply and distribution of materiel required to sustain all programmed and unprogrammed depot maintenance repair and manufacturing processes within the wing, and prepositions inventory to support production requirements. As the supply, storage and distribution provider, DLA-WR, along with Defense Depot Warner Robins, supports stock control; material requisitioning; receipt; and stock, store, issue and inventory. Additionally, it supports material handling, process turn-ins, courtesy storage, integrated prime vendor oversight, local purchase material supportability, due-in from maintenance, due-out to maintenance, due-in for overhaul, awaiting parts related to material inventory control and supply support for local manufacture.
689th Combat Communications Wing
The 689th Combat Communications Wing, a unit of Air Force Space Command’s 24th Air Force, was activated on October 5, 2009 with its headquarters at Robins Air Force Base. The wing’s mission is to train, deploy and deliver expeditionary cyberspace communications and air traffic control and landing systems for combat operations, homeland defense, and humanitarian relief anywhere in the world for the Air Force, Combatant Commanders, and other U.S. agencies as tasked. The 689 CCW specializes in conducting expeditionary cyberspace operations in austere, deployed and joint/coalition environments using unique combat-related and contingency-specific skill sets. As the Air Force’s largest active duty combat communications unit, the wing advocates for standard expeditionary cyberspace operations tactics, techniques, and procedures while providing synergy amongst all active duty, reserve and total force combat communications units to provide relevant and effective combat capabilities to the joint fight. The wing is made of two groups—the 3rd Combat Communications Group, located at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and the 5th Combat Communications Group, located at Robins.
Marine Aircraft Group 49 Detachment A
More than 300 active duty and reserve members of Marines from the Marine Aircraft Group 49 Detachment A call Robins home. The primary unit here is the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-773, or HMLA-773. It’s a reserve unit comprised of the aviators who fly close support missions in support of the Overseas Contingency Operation. The MAG-49 Det A manages the day-to-day administration, maintains the facilities and oversees operations.
The Marines moved to Robins in June 2010 from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., bringing 27 helicopters—18 AH-1W Super Cobras and nine UH-1N Hueys. To accommodate the unit, about $33 million has been invested in construction costs, including the building of a new hangar and the renovation of several other buildings.