The Air Logistics Complex has added many new projects to its workload including work on the Global Hawk drone, additional C-130 work, and maintenance on the E-8C jets used across the base by JSTARS.
"There's really, quite frankly, more work out there than we can do that our Air Force has for us," said WR-ALC Commander General John Kubinec.
He is, however, encouraged by Central Georgia's response to the "1,200 in 12 Months" hiring campaign.
"I keep telling people in Washington that we have the workforce. The workforce is here. If we had more facilities, we could do more work," he said.
General Kubinec says he's almost finished with a $25 million project to re-arrange work at the base and maximize hangar capacity, leaving more room to accommodate more planes and possibly new missions.
"As we move into '20, we will have the workforce on board. There will still be a bit of a training burden, but for the first time since I've worked here, we will have the workforce that we are authorized to have for the work that we have," he said.
He hopes that will send a strong message to Air Force and congressional leaders to eventually expand the facilities on the base.
Kubinec says he doesn't know exactly what new missions could be on the horizon, but he says Robins has been busy tackling other new workloads like the Global Hawk drone program and taking on additional C-130 work.
He says no matter what other work comes to Robins, training workers and giving them all of the proper resources will be a top priority.
In 2017, a KC-130 plane crashed in Mississippi, killing all 16 service members on board. Military investigators later faulted work done at Robins for the crash.
"Our workforce was crushed when they heard this," he said. "They questioned if they did something wrong. I think we, as leadership, didn't give them all the tools they needed, like clear technical manuals, and we had different processes in place, all of that has been addressed now."
General Kubinec says the base brought in military and industry experts to help overhaul and streamline the processes in the propeller shop and other areas within the Air Logistics Complex. He says they hope to finally put the first propeller through production this summer, two years after the crash.
He says this, again, serves as a reminder of the importance of proper training, as the base welcomes 1,200 new employees brought in through the recent hiring campaign and as they look to continue bringing in more employees.
"We need to have a consistent battle rhythm," he said. "We need to have a consistent demand signal to our technical colleges, and we need to let people in the community know that we are still hiring."
He says they will continue to utilize the hiring site put online at the start of the "1,200 in 12" campaign.