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McMahon named Middle Georgian of the year

 As commander of the 78th Air Base Wing at Robins Air Force Base, Col. Mitchel Butikofer has lost sleep only twice.

Both times he knew that the next day he would have to deliver bad news to Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon.

“It wasn’t because I was scared of him,” Butikofer said. “It was because I didn’t want to disappoint him. He was that kind of leader where you just didn’t want to disappoint him because of his expectations and the way he treated you and the way he treated your people.”

McMahon became commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center on Nov. 19, 2010, when it was at a low point. The center faced 39 citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and was finishing less than half of its aircraft on time.

When he retired 20 months later, the base had a near perfect on-time delivery rate, and every OSHA violation had been resolved.

He came to the base with high demands, but presented them in an engaging way that made people respond, according to those who worked for him. His openness and willingness to interact with the community made him instantly popular with local leaders.

For guiding the turnaround at the economic engine of the midstate, The Telegraph has named McMahon its first Middle Georgian of the Year.

A career that almost wasn’t

As a sophomore at the Air Force Academy, McMahon faced a decision that could have taken his career on an entirely different path from the one that landed him at Robins.

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, he was drawn to the Air Force from the time he was a child. His father served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, but mostly he was influenced by his uncle who worked on fighter planes in the Ohio Air National Guard. When McMahon was a child, his uncle took him to the base and he got his first close up look at a fighter jet.

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