Robins AFB says farewell to retiring top civilian

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE (AP) -- Airmen and employees at Robins Air Force base in middle Georgia are saying goodbye to the base's top civilian.

Darly Israel retired Thursday after a 36-year government career. He served as executive director of the base's Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, which performs maintenance and repairs on a wide range of Air Force planes.

In that job, Israel worked directly for the base's commanding general, making him the chief civilian at Robins.

Israel began as an engineer working on electronic warfare, counter measures and jamming systems. While he held positions in Washington, Utah and Florida, he spent more than 25 years of his career at the base in middle Georgia.