Georgia Air National Guard visits JROTC cadets
Feb 01 2023
Chief Master Sergeant Rayford “Alex” Robinson and five members of the Georgia Air National Guard visited the Carroll County Schools Junior ROTC Cadets housed at Central High School on January 30.
Chief Robinson and his team talked with the cadets about the differences between the Federal and the State missions of the GA ANG, along with the benefits and challenges of both full time and part time ANG opportunities. Some of the team are full time members of the ANG, while some are traditional, or part-time, ANG members. They also explained differences between the ANG and active duty airmen. Members of the team shared stories about various locations around the world where they’ve deployed to carry out missions supporting their federal responsibilities, as well as stories about helping local communities across Georgia during times of natural disasters as directed by the Governor of Georgia.
Chief Master Sergeant Robinson is originally from Bowdon and still calls West Georgia home. After several years on Active Duty in the USAF, he transitioned to the Georgia Air National Guard and has served our community, state, and nation for the past 41 years. At times it is difficult for most civilians to appreciate the scope of Chief Robinson’s accomplishments. For example, to be promoted to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in the USAF as a whole means that each Chief is in the Top 2 percent of the entire Enlisted Force. Chief Robinson also was selected to serve as the Command Chief (the Top Chief) in the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins Georgia.
Chief Robinson was accompanied by Chief Master Sergeant Obadiah Herndon, who serves as the Operations Flight Chief for the 283d Combat Communications Squadron at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Georgia, Master Sergeant Taurence Campbell, who serves as the Material Management Non-commissioned Officer In Charge in the 283d Combat Communications Squadron, and Airman Sean Jackson who serves as a Client Systems Apprentice in the 283d as well. Staff Sergeant Jessi Weatherspoon is an Avionics Test Station Technician with the 116th Maintenance Squadron, Robins Air Reserve Base, and Staff Sergeant Marcus Miller, Georgia Air National Guard Recruiter who’s based in Marietta rounded out Chief Robinson’s team.
Chief Robinson and his team are brave Americans and proud Georgia citizens who have chosen to serve in the Georgia Air National Guard. The CCJROTC cadets were impressed and inspired. Lt. Col. Mike Washington and MSgt Steven Peters are the Carroll County Schools JROTC instructors.