Robins Air Force Base is a major United States Air Force base located in Houston County, Georgia, United States. The base is located just E of and adjacent to the city of Warner Robins, GA, SSE of Macon, GA, and about SSE of Atlanta, GA.
Robins AFB is the home of the Air Force Materiel Command's Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC) (FLZ) which is the worldwide manager for a wide range of aircraft, engines, missiles, software and avionics and accessories components. The commander of WR-ALC is Major General Polly A. Peyer It is one of three Air Force ALCs, the others being Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC) at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC) at Hill AFB, Utah.
The host unit at Robins AFB is the 78th Air Base Wing (78 ABW) which provides services and support for the Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center and its tenant organizations. The Wing and Installation Commander of Robins Air Force Base is Colonel Warren D. Berry The Wing Vice Commander is Colonel Debra Bean
- Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center
Has worldwide management and engineering responsibility for the repair, modification and overhaul of the F-15 Eagle, C-130 Hercules, and C-5 Galaxy aircraft. In addition to these weapon systems, the ALC has worldwide management responsibility for the U-2 Dragon Lady, all Air Force helicopters, all special operations aircraft and their peculiar avionics systems. The center also provides logistic support for all the C-17 Globemaster III, Air Force missiles, vehicles, general purpose computers, and many avionics and electronic warfare systems used on most Air Force aircraft.
- 78th Air Base Wing
The wing provides physical, military and community operations and business infrastructure processes for Robins AFB and its 39 associate units. Responsible for logistics readiness, medical, civil engineer, security, comptroller activities, contracting, morale and welfare, mission support, public affairs, legal civilian personnel and environmental management for the installation.
- 78th Mission Support Group
- 78th Civil Engineer Group
- 78th Security Forces Squadron
- 78th Operations Support Squadron
- 78th Comptroller Squadron
- 330th Aircraft Sustainment Wing
The wing provides weapon system logistics support, oversees unscheduled and programmed depot maintenance, and manages modification efforts for the Air Force’s fleet of C-5, C-130, C-17, F-15, U-2, and E-8C Joint STARS aircraft, Global Hawk,Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), MC-130, HC-130 and various special operations combat search and rescue aircraft and helicopters to include AC-130H/U,MC-130E/H/P, EC-130J, MH-53J/M, HH-60G, UH-1N,TH-1H, and HC-130P/N. In addition the wing is the engineering authority for all the aircraft above except for C-17, Global Hawk, and E-8C.
- 330th Aircraft Sustainment Group
- 560th Aircraft Sustainment Group
- 580th Aircraft Sustainment Group
- 730th Aircraft Sustainment Group
- 830th Aircraft Sustainment Group
- 402d Maintenance Wing
Provides depot maintenance, engineering support and software development to major weapon systems (F-15, C-5, C-130, C-17 and SOF aircraft). Achieves command objectives providing a capability/capacity to support peacetime maintenance requirements, wartime emergency demands, aircraft battle damage repair and a ready source of maintenance of critical items.
- 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group
- 402nd Commodities Maintenance Group
- 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group
- 402nd Maintenance Support Group
- 402nd Software Maintenance Group
- 402nd Business Development & Partnership
- 542d Combat Sustainment Wing
Provides our nation’s war fighters and allies the most combat capable and affordable electronic warfare systems in the world. The 542 CSW delivers a full spectrum of combat capabilities by designing, acquiring, installing, and sustaining electronic warfare, avionics, support equipment, vehicles, missiles, and weapons. Responsible for life-cycle management of over 800 systems valued at $56.2B. Manages $4.21B in executable funds and $8B in contracts to foster improvement in the agile logistics environment. Directly responsible for management of seven ACAT II programs. Programs include: electronic warfare, airborne and ground communication, navigation, precision attack systems,weapons and missiles, support equipment (SE),Automatic Test Systems (ATS), industrial equipment, vehicles, Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR),Air Force life support systems, armament, specialized programs, and supply chain management activities for WR-ALC.
- 542nd Combat Sustainment Group
- 562nd Combat Sustainment Group
- 642nd Combat Sustainment Group
- 742nd Combat Sustainment Group
- 752nd Combat Sustainment Group
- 762nd Combat Sustainment Group
- 782nd Combat Sustainment Group
Robins AFB is located at (32.6401433, -83.5918489).
The base is in the Macon metropolitan area, and is the single largest industrial complex in Georgia, employing a work force of over 25,584 civilian, contractor, and military members. The population was 3,949 at the 2000 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the base has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.73%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,949 people, 696 households, and 682 families residing in the base. The population density was 1,458.3 people per square mile (562.6/km²). There were 791 housing units at an average density of 292.1/sq mi (112.7/km²). The racial makeup of the base was 57.53% White, 32.19% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 2.68% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, 2.43% from other races, and 4.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.94% of the population.
There were 696 households out of which 82.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 88.6% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 2.0% were non-families. 2.0% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.54 and the average family size was 3.57.
In the base the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 36.0% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 1.6% from 45 to 64, and 0.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 131.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 144.6 males.
The median income for a household in the base was $37,420, and the median income for a family was $37,656. Males had a median income of $21,929 versus $14,820 for females. The per capita income for the base was $12,506. About 4.2% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
Robins Air Force Base is named in honor of Brig Gen Augustine Warner Robins (1882-1940). General Robins received his military wings in 1918. Active in the Air Corps Materiel Division in the 1920s, he served as its chief between 1935 and 1939. Robins devised a system of cataloging supplies in the Air Corps that is still used today.
General Robins died on 16 Jun 1940 at Randolph Field, TX, while serving as commandant of the Air Corps training Center.
- Air Service Comd, 22 Jul 1942 - 17 Jul 1944
- AAF Materiel And Services, 17 Jul 1944 - 31 Aug 1944
- AAF Technical Service Comd, 31 Aug 1944 1 Jul 1945
- Air Technical Service Comd, 1 Jul 1945 - 9 Mar 1946
- Air Materiel Comd, 9 Mar 1946 - 1 Apr 1961
- Air Force Logistics Command, 1 Apr 1961 - 1 June 1991
- Air Force Materiel Command, 1 June 1992 - Present
Base Operating Units
- 4th Station Complement
- Operating from Herbert Smart Aprt, GA, 11 Apr 1942 - 18 Aug 1942
- Operating from Robins Fld 18 Aug 1942 - 4 Jan 1943
- 479th Base HQ and Air Base Sq, 4 Jan 1943 - 16 Jun 1943
- HQ Robins Fld, 16 Jun 1943 - 1 Apr 1944
- 4117th AAF Base Unit, 1 Apr 1944 - 26 Sep 1947
- 4117th AF Base Unit, 26 Sep 1947 - 28 Aug 1948
- HQ and HQ Sq, Warner Robins Air Materiel Area, 28 Aug 1948 - 21 May 1951
- HQ Warner Robins Air Materiel Area, 21 May 1951 - 1 Aug 1953
- 2853d Air Base Wg, 1 Aug 1953 - 16 Oct 1954
- 2853d Air Base Gp, 16 Oct 1964 - 1994
- 78th Air Base Wing, 1994 - Present
The 1935 Wilcox-Wilson bill provided for construction of new army air logistics depots, and in the early 1940s Macon civic leaders, led by Mayor Charles L. Bowden and supported by Congressman Carl Vinson, convinced the War Department to locate an airfield near Macon. In June 1941, after much competition, the War Department approved the construction of a depot in middle Georgia dairy-farm country near the Southern Railroad whistle-stop of Wellston. The site was chosen because of its flat lands, artesian water, proximity to a main rail line, and abundant and cheap land and labor.
Construction officially started with groundbreaking ceremonies on September 1 on a tract. Macon city fathers, supported by Wellston leaders, obtained property rights from the original owners. The Army Air Forces (AAF) later bought an additional for the cantonment area, civilian barracks, and the pistol/rifle range. Even though Wellston was in Houston County, Bibb County leaders spent more than $100,000 to obtain Robins Field by increasing city business license taxes and county ad valorem taxes. Spurred on by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, construction on the industrial and cantonment areas was completed by August 31, 1942. The second and third phases were completed the following April.
Known as the Georgia Air Depot in the beginning, the depot has undergone many name changes. During World War II (1941-45) it was redesignated seven times, acquiring "Warner Robins" in the fifth version of its name, when the town of Wellston was renamed to honor General Robins.
Throughout World War II (1941-45), 23,670 employees repaired almost every kind of AAF aircraft, including B-17s, C-47s, B-29s, B-24s, P-38s, P-47s, and P-51s. Its training facilities turned out nearly 60,000 field repair mechanics for every theater of war. The workforce supplied every kind of part necessary to keep AAF planes flying, especially spark plugs. It also maintained thousands of parachutes, aircraft electronic and radio systems, and AAF small arms.
By March 1946 only 3,900 employees remained. The Berlin Airlift and the Korean War (1950-53) restored the workforce to 17,697 by December 1952. Robins played a key role in the Vietnam War (1964-73), supplying troops and materiel through the Southeast Asian Pipeline and modifying AC-119G/K and AC-130 gunships. Also playing a role were the C-141, the C-130, the C-123, and the C-124 cargo aircraft—all maintained at Robins. In 1973 these same C-141s supported the resupply of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. In October 1983 C-130s from Robins supported U.S. forces in Grenada.
Between 1977-1981, Robins was the airbase used by former President Jimmy Carter during his tenure on visits to his hometown of Plains.
In 1990-91, during the Persian Gulf War, Robins provided record numbers of parts, repairs, and personnel to coalition forces in the Persian Gulf. Robins-maintained F-15 Eagles and the E-8 Joint STARS played key roles in defeating the Iraqi military. In March–June 1999, during Operation Allied Force, the same employees and weapon systems played a decisive role in defeating the forces of Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic.
Museum of Aviation
The Museum of Aviation, begun in 1981, has four major structures on forty-three acres and ninety historic aircraft. It has become a major regional educational and historical resource that hosts more than 500,000 visitors annually.