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More airmen flunking fitness

A couple of years ago the Air Force made its fitness standards tougher, and apparently they are too tough for many airmen.

According to a story in the Air Force Times, the number of discharges for failure to pass the fitness test has risen 400 percent since the new standards went into place. In 2007, only 156 airmen were discharged for fitness reasons, but in 2012, with two months still left in the year, 1,319 have been discharged for failing the fitness test.

Airmen are allowed four failures over a 24-month period before discharge comes into play. According to the story, many airmen believe the fitness test is being used to cut the force, but Air Force officials deny that and attribute it solely to the tougher standards.

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Airmen can also be demoted for failing the test, but the Air Force said it does not keep track of those figures.

Robins contributes to disaster relief

Robins Air Force Base is playing a role in helping storm-damaged New Jersey.

According to a story in the Robins Rev-Up on Friday, two UH-1N utility helicopters from the Marine unit on base will spend the next month, and possibly longer, in New Jersey helping with relief efforts.

Also, the Air Force Reserve Force Generation Center at Robins is spearheading relief efforts by reserve units from around the world.

Two groups from the 689th Combat Communications Wing at Robins have also responded. Two days before the storm made landfall, The Hammer ACE team created a backup communications system for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, but it turned out not to be needed.

A second 689th team reported shortly after the storm to McGuire Air Force Base, producing video and satellite imagery to help focus relief efforts on the hardest-hit areas.

Hammer ACE, which stands for Adaptive Communications Elements, is a rapidly deployable three-man unit that can quickly set up communications for commanders.

Company supporting Robins listed among top places to work

Spectrum, which has 111 employees in Warner Robins, has been named among the top places to work by Fortune magazine. The employees in Warner Robins work mostly at Robins Air Force Base in contracting.

The company placed 15th on the magazine's 2012 Great Places to Work Best Small and Medium Workplaces list, according to a release. The selection included a confidential employee survey about company practices and programs.

Robins wins award for mass transit efforts

Robins Air Force Base has won a state-level award for its mass-transit efforts.

According to a release, the Clean Air Campaign on Wednesday in Atlanta awarded the base the top "Government Champion, Federal Employer" for promoting clean commuting.

The base worked out an arrangement with the Macon Transit Authority to bus employees from Macon to the base. Last year the base was first runner-up.

The Clean Air Campaign is a nonprofit group that promotes clean commuting.

"I am thrilled with the award, but the real winners are the base employees who participate in mass-transportation initiatives," John Pugh, 78th Mission Support Group deputy director, said in the release. "They are the key to embracing a positive culture shift in the use of mass transportation and encouraging clean air initiatives."

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