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Team Robins receives 18,000 pounds of hand sanitizer

Photo shows one Airmen directing another on a forklift while she lowers a pallet containing numerous buckets to a flatbed truck.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron personnel load 2,500 gallons of hand sanitizer onto a flatbed truck at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 29, 2020. The 78th Air Base Wing and the 461st Air Control Wing collaborated with each other to receive the 18,000 pounds of hand sanitizer to be distributed across the Team Robins workforce of nearly 24,000 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)

Photo shows C-130 aircraft with truck behind the cargo end of the plane containing pallets with buckets.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron personnel offload 18,000 pounds of donated hand sanitizer from a C-130 aircraft at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 29, 2020. The hand sanitizer is part of a 10,000 gallon donation to the Air Force to help personnel return back to their work centers as safely and quickly as possible during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)

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The 78th Air Base Wing and the 461st Air Control Wing teamed with four wings across the Air Force to receive a large donation of hand sanitizer May 29.

Photo shows three Airmen working on a small flat bed truck loading five pallets of buckets.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron personnel load 2,500 gallons of hand sanitizer onto a flatbed truck at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 29, 2020. The 78th Air Base Wing and the 461st Air Control Wing collaborated with each other to receive the 18,000 pounds of hand sanitizer to be distributed across the Team Robins workforce of nearly 24,000 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
Photo shows three Airmen working on a small flat bed truck loading five pallets of buckets.
Team Robins receives 18,000 pounds of hand sanitizer
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron personnel load 2,500 gallons of hand sanitizer onto a flatbed truck at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, May 29, 2020. The 78th Air Base Wing and the 461st Air Control Wing collaborated with each other to receive the 18,000 pounds of hand sanitizer to be distributed across the Team Robins workforce of nearly 24,000 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Mather)
Photo By: Joseph Mather
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Through a collaborative effort led by the 461st ACW Innovation SPARK hub at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and working within the AFWERX network and with the Department of Defense COVID-19 Task Force, Lt. Col. Jay Vizcarra, 461st ACW Innovations and SPARK chief, began to coordinate the distribution of 10,000 gallons of sanitizer.

“I immediately called several innovation SPARK cells, who we are working with on COVID-19 solutions, and inquired who had a requirement for sanitizer,” Vizcarra said, “Within a couple of days we were able to arrange seven bases with dedicated amounts of sanitizer.”

Sheppard AFB, Texas, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Minot AFB, North Dakota, Patrick AFB, Florida, and Moody and Robins AFB in Georgia will receive a share of the hand sanitizer donation.

As Team Robins members are returning to the installation, this will bolster the supplies needed for the Robins workforce of 24,000 personnel.

“Working with our Moody and McGuire counterparts, a C-130 aircraft landed with our 2,500 gallon donation,” Vizcarra said.

The 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron off loaded the 2,500 gallons and will have approximately 18,000 pounds of sanitizer to store and distribute, impacting 54 mission partners.

“The 78th LRS played a key role in safe-guarding Robins AFB personnel amidst the pandemic by downloading, transporting, storing, and distributing 2,500 gallons of donated hand sanitizer,” Lt. Col. Kelie Thomas, 78th LRS commander, said. “As with any operation, logistics remains vital to ensuring safe and efficient mission operations and our logisticians are some of the best in the business.”

78th ABW organizations, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and Team Robins mission partners will be able to use the donation to ensure the safe return to full capacity for all their employees.

“I was really excited because we get to be a part of helping to pave the way for the entire installation to be ready to support the warfighter,” said Thomas. “It is really cool it falls in the logistic lanes because each of my team of experts get to play a role in supporting that.”

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Robins PRIDE - Readiness, Drive and Excellence
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