The development of Wellston Air Depot at Robins Field started in 1941. Construction was based near the small Georgia town of Wellston, the winning candidate of a push to build Army air logistics depots. The pace of construction was significantly increased by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Wellston officially changed its named to Warner Robins, and the base became the Warner Robins Army Air Depot. During World War II, the depot repaired aircraft and trained field mechanics for deployment. Warner Robins also started training units for duty overseas.
Warner Robins experienced a decline in activity after World War II, and the depot served mostly as storage for wartime equipment. The Army Air Force became the United States Air Force in 1947, and the base was designated Robins Air Force Base in 1948. Robins AFB became a permanent installation in 1952.
The Korean War and Cold War sparked new activity on the base. During the Vietnam War, Robins AFB provided troops and supplies to the war effort. The base played a similar role during the Persian Gulf War.
The mission of Robins AFB is to contribute to the affordability and readiness of the units served by the base. Robins AFB currently hosts the 78th Air Base Wing, 330th Aircraft Sustainment Wing, 402d Maintenance Wing, 542d Combat Sustainment Wing, and other units.
The base has a close relationship with the bordering city of Warner Robins. The city hosts the Museum of Aviation, a large attraction that honors the history of military aviation. Many of the communities around Warner Robins have agriculture-based attractions. The area is a very popular stop for peaches, strawberries, nuts, and other produce.
Macon is less than twenty miles from Warner Robins, and the city hosts annual festivals and popular attractions. For a taste of city life or Atlanta Falcons professional football, Atlanta is less than two hours away from Robins AFB. Savannah and the Tybee Island Beach are less than a three hour drive away from the base.
There are no Department of Defense schools located on base. The base is located in Houston County, so children of families on base are eligible to attend one of the 38 schools operated by the Houston County Board of Education.
Service members and family can receive healthcare from the 78th Medical Group. Emergency services are not available from 78th Medical Group, but Houston County Medical Center provides emergency services and ambulance services to the base. Providers off base can attend to some specialty care needs.
Housing on base is privatized and managed by Hunt Military Communities. The Housing Management Office maintains up-to-date information about the current applications process.
Off base housing is generally less expensive than other communities in the nation. Warner Robins is a developing community, and new housing tends to accompany that growth.
Pine Oaks Lodging provides temporary housing for up to 30 days. If space is not available, hotels off base also provide temporary lodging.