Congress has been told repeatedly at hearings over the past two weeks that the C-17 is being ridden hard. That also means there’ll be an increase in depot work. Officials at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia told the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph that the C-17 workload at the depot will double next year, partially due to modification of the airlifter but also due to the high optempo. They predict that 150 workers will work 208,000 man-hours on the C-17 in Fiscal 2006. The following year, the newspaper reports that some 400 workers will put in 512,000 hours.
Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has completed two environmental reviews, clearing the way for new construction to support the bases four new missions sets, which will replace the E-8 Joint STARS mission that has defined the base for decades.