Middle Georgia held the 3rd Annual Congressional Breakfast, hosted by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and sponsored by the 21st Century Partnership, Robins Regional Chamber Aerospace Industry Committee and the Association of Old Crows and attended by Representative Austin Scott, (R-GA). The event was also attended by representatives from the offices of Senator David Perdue, (R-GA) and Representative Sanford Bishop, (D-GA). Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue attended the event as well. The guest speaker was Secretary McMahon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment. The event was well attended by Middle Georgia community leaders with over 70 attendees.
Attendees from the community included Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms, Centerville Mayor John Harley, and Fort Valley Mayor Barbara Williams, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Ron Shipman, Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce President April Bragg, Perry Chamber of Commerce President Darlene McLendon, 21st Century Partnership Foundation Board Chair Robert Hatcher, the incoming 21st Century Partnership of Middle Georgia Board Chair Dan Slagle, 21st Century Partnership President Chrissy Miner, along with others from the community.
Military and base leaders were represented by Lieutenant General Richard Scobee, Commander, Chief, Air Force Reserve and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command; Major General Joseph Jarrard, Adjutant General of Georgia, Major General Jesse Simmons, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Brigadier General Tom Miller, Director of Logistics Engineering & Force Protection, ACC, Brigadier General John Kubinec, the Robins Air Logistics Complex Commander; Brigadier General Thomas Grabowski, Director of Staff for Integration, Total Force Continuum, Will Ball, former Secretary of the U.S. Navy and member of the Governor’s Defense Initiative and Col Lyle Drew, 78th Air Base Wing Commander and his Command Chief, Chief Gary Hart. The President of AFGE Local 987, Marion Williams and the Vice President, AFGE Local 987, Henry Brown were also in attendance.
The message from all speakers spoke the essential role of Robins Air Force Base not only in Middle Georgia, but for our state and for the Air Force as a whole as well as the excellent support from the community for Robins and the military in general.
Senator Isakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, stated “Robins Air Force Base plays a critical role in our national security and as a part of Georgia’s military strength. We’ve received good news this year about the future of Robins, with new hiring initiatives to fill the necessary jobs, and I appreciate the issues set forth and the attendance by so many stakeholders. We’re going to make sure that our mission is enhanced and that we fully utilize that mission, and we are here to help.”
Representative Scott, a member of the House Armed Service Committee, had this to say, “Robins Air Force Base plays an essential role not only in Middle Georgia, but for our state and for the Air Force as a whole. The innovative technology and maintenance centers at Robins provide countless resources to the Air Force, as well as the surrounding communities. I’d like to thank all the federal, state, and local leaders who were able to attend this event, as well as those who continue to support Robins who were unable to make the trip to D.C. The commitment of the Warner Robins community and the base are an integral partnership in Middle Georgia, and I know with continued support this relationship will grow and prosper for many years to come.”