ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commander, held a press conference on the Robins Air Force Base flight line Aug. 15, announcing a new initiative to hire more than 1,000 new employees to work at the complex in one year.
That equates to an annual economic impact of $69 million, and more than $345 million over the next five years.
The initiative, known as “1200 in 12” will be used to fill crucial positions such as: electronics mechanics; sheet metal mechanics; painters; aircraft mechanics; information technology specialists; electronics mechanics; and computer scientists.
“While these new jobs will bring great excitement to Middle Georgia, and rightfully so,” Kubinec said, “it’s important to remember that this is about more than jobs and the resulting economic impact to the area. This is about doing what our warfighters call on us to do. And when they call, we answer, and we will not fail.”
The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex works on many weapons systems including F-15s, C-5s, C-130s, and C-17s and Special Operations Forces aircraft. And, that workload is increasing all the time.
In just the last year, the Complex made history by being the first ALC to perform work on a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, embarked on new C-130 work for the Navy and inducted the first E-8C Joint STARS aircraft for programmed depot maintenance.
“It’s safe to say that this has been the most consequential year for new workload growth at Robins in over a decade,” said Kubinec.
While the number of new jobs may sound impressive, the general said it is skill and dedication that brings it all together.
“What makes all this new work possible is the professionalism and patriotism of our world-class workforce,” he said. “Without them and their commitment to our nation’s defense, there is no air power. To continue to be successful as we grow this new workload, we also have to grow our workforce.”
One of the main ways those jobs will be filled is through the Direct Hire Authority which allows the ALC to hire employees much quicker than by other means. In discussing the expedited system, the general lauded the 78th Air Base Wing team and others in the Air Force Personnel Center.
“They have streamlined the onboarding process to ensure these new employees will be on the job, producing air power as soon as possible,” he said.
To help with the initiative, prospective employees need look only as far as their computer screens.
“So, if you’re interested in coming to work at Robins Air Force Base, and joining a world-class, professional workforce, go to www.workatrobins.com. From there, you can get links to everything you need to come and join our team,” said Kubinec.