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New Air Logistics Complex Commander discusses hiring challenges

Brig. General Jon Eberlan says the WR-ALC faces many of the same hiring challenges as other businesses across the country.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The work at Robins Air Force Base is always evolving.

"You have to balance what we need to do today to fight tonight, but you have to do it with an eye toward the future," says Brig. General Jon Eberlan, new Commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex.

He says the future workload includes a lot more technology.

"It will require a lot more software and maybe a little less hardware, and so at the end of the supply chain, it impacts the depot. So, we have to be ready to support that workload when it comes."

General Eberlan says Robins faces the same challenges as many other businesses in finding people to do that work.

"We are constantly trying to improve the way that we reach out and market careers at the depot."

Hiring website 'Work at Robins' lists about 50 types of positions the ALC needs to fill right now.

"The hiring is full tilt right now," says General Eberlan. "We need aircraft mechanics, software engineers, mechanical engineers, you name it."

Meanwhile, the ALC's mission never stops.

"You're constantly trying to improve your processes. Like, for last year for example, we produced seven more aircrafts than we did in fiscal year 2021, and we did it with 300 less people than we had."

He says automating more processes will make the work more efficient, while also keeping more jobs.

"The skills change a little bit as far as what the worker looked like before verses what they're doing now."

General Eberlan hopes just like the planes, he can help build up the ALC to be ready for any mission that comes their way.


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