Robins Air Force Base (RAFB), outside Macon, is one of central Georgia’s largest economic drivers, employing a workforce of over 25,584 civilian, contractor, and military members.  It, like all other major employers, was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, moving many to work remotely and closing down much of the base for all but essential personnel.  This week though it begins the reopening process, and as you might expect, it is doing so with military precision and efficiency.  Supervisors reported back to work Monday, and according to Col. Brian Moore, 78th Air Base Wing commander, everyone but those most at risk should be back in action by the end of May.  “As we transition back, we’ll then move to the support personnel and then we would expect by the end of the month that we would have the rest of weather and safety leave personnel back and functioning as part the whole mission effective team,” said Moore.  Social distancing, and sanitation will continue to play a role as the base returns to a new normal – “These are all going to become part of our culture that we all have to embrace and take on the mantle of holding each other accountable to ensure we’re protecting each other,” Moore said. “This is kind of the new normal and it requires all of us to be all-in and quickly get on board as we transition back to work.”

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