BY WAYNE CRENSHAW
A community group that works to protect jobs at Robins Air Force Base announced new leadership Tuesday.
The 21st Century Partnership has hired Daniel Rhoades as the organization’s director of strategy, a newly created position, according to a release. Additionally, Chrissy Miner will serve part time as senior adviser to the organization on an interim basis.
The partnership had a vacancy for the executive director’s position and Miner will serve in that role, said Rob Brooks, chairman of the 21st Century Partnership board. Rhoades’ job is full time. Brooks said with the hires the partnership is not searching for an executive director for now.
Miner had previously served as chief operations officer for the partnership before becoming president of the Museum of Aviation Foundation. She will continue in her museum job. Brooks said museum leadership was consulted and gave the OK for Miner to work with the partnership.
Rhoades is a Navy veteran who most recently worked as a civilian with Air Force Reserve Command, where he was chief of strategic basing and total force.
“We are very fortunate to have found Mr. Rhoades, who brings a full-time focus to the strategy of sustaining and enhancing a robust Robins Air Force Base,” Brooks said in the release. “His experience and skill set perfectly match our renewed focus for the partnership.”
The partnership has scheduled media interviews with Rhoades on Wednesday, and more details are expected to be announced.
Rhoades served 24 years in the Navy, working mostly in intelligence. He has worked at U.S. Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Transportation Command. He retired in 2006 after 24 years of service.
He worked more than two years in Iraq as a contractor providing intelligence analysis to the U.S. allies and the Iraqi government.
He later joined Air Force Reserve Command and worked on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
The partnership is funded by private donations and local governments. Its mission is to advocate for Robins, promote its value and protect and grow jobs at the base.