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Construction begins on new AF Reserve headquarters

From left, Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander, Randy Toms, Warner Robins mayor, Tommy Stalnaker, Houston County commissioner and Col. Jeffrey King, 78th Air Base Wing commander, break ground during a ground-breaking ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga, Feb. 2, 2017. The new AFRC consolidated mission complex is expected to be completed in 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ciara Gosier)

From left, Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander, Randy Toms, Warner Robins mayor, Tommy Stalnaker, Houston County commissioner and Col. Jeffrey King, 78th Air Base Wing commander, break ground during a ground-breaking ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga, Feb. 2, 2017. The new AFRC consolidated mission complex is expected to be completed in 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ciara Gosier)

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, commander of Air Force Reserve Command, makes opening remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Feb. 2, 2017. The ceremony initiated the construction of the first phase of the new AFRC headquarters complex, which will consolidate approximately 965 employees into one facility when all three phases of construction are complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ciara Gosier)

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, commander of Air Force Reserve Command, makes opening remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Feb. 2, 2017. The ceremony initiated the construction of the first phase of the new AFRC headquarters complex, which will consolidate approximately 965 employees into one facility when all three phases of construction are complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ciara Gosier)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command broke ground on construction of phase one of the new consolidated mission complex in a ceremony here Feb. 2.

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, AFRC commander, joined by Col. Jeffrey King, 78th Air Base Wing commander, Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms and Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker for the groundbreaking.

During the event, Miller emphasized the advantages the new facilities will provide the Air Force Reserve.

“The new facility will allow us to be more effective and efficient by combining several AFRC facilities into one and allowing us to work in close proximity to each other,” said Miller. “This will ultimately have a positive impact on the base and community, and it will save the Air Force more than $34 million when we give the old facility back to the 78th Air Base Wing.”

AFRC is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It became a major command in 1997. Today, it serves every other major command and combatant command. AFRC is focused on building the future force and looking for new opportunities with aircraft, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cyberspace capabilities. Plans for the new facilities began with Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner in 2008.

Miller expressed pride in seeing these plans become reality and spoke about the project’s significance to the Air Force Reserve’s legacy at Robins.

"I stand before you with a shovel in my hand, but I am here planting seeds that will grow for generations to come," Miller said. "It’s a leader’s job to leave your unit a better than when you arrived. This groundbreaking is a step in that direction."

Toms expanded upon the significance of the new facility and base growth to Warner Robins, emphasizing the longstanding ties between the city and the base.

“The military is looking for ways to save money, we’re looking for ways to save money and enhance our community. Any growth on the base is beneficial, so our partnership is essential to keeping everybody vibrant in our community as a whole,” said Toms. “We don’t ever want to forget the importance of Robins Air Force Base to our community. They’re a vital part of who we are, always have been and always want to be.“

The overall project will be divided into three phases. Phase one involves the construction of a 92,000-square-foot, two-story administrative facility at a cost of $27.7 million. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Once all phases are completed, the new complex will allow HQ AFRC to consolidate approximately 965 employees into one area. This initiative will consolidate mission capabilities into a campus setting while freeing facility space for the host wing to accommodate their mission needs and saving an estimated $34.2 million in military construction costs for Robins AFB.

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