Commissioner Richard Raines noticed Col. Mark A. Ruse of Moody Air Force Base
in the audience and mentioned the
operational readiness inspection (ORI) then in progress at Moody.
In case anybody doesn’t know this, Moody AFB is by far the largest employer
in Lowndes County.
The Col. said a few words, but it’s hard to tell what they were, since
there’s no mic on the audience.
A student group also said a few words, but it’s hard to tell what they
were, for the same reason.
Maybe Commissioners could ask people to come to the podium to speak,
or deploy a mic that works for the audience.
his biography at Moody:
Col. Mark A. Ruse is commander of the 23rd Mission Support Group at
Moody Air Force Base, Ga. He leads a group of more than 1,450
military and civilian members providing support and services to a
population of 28,000 active duty, retired military and family
members. His group maintains an installation with more than 830
buildings and more than 17,500 acres, including an adjacent bombing
or strafing range. He is responsible for ensuring the readiness of
support forces to mobilize and deploy to build, secure, and sustain
air base operations at austere bare base locations anywhere in the
The 23rd Mission Support Group also retains responsibility for civil
engineering, environmental compliance, disaster preparedness
response, fire protection, security forces, airfield navigational
systems, communications-computer systems, contracting,
transportation, supply, food service, housing, recreation, family
and community support programs, personnel, manpower, education and
He has a degree in civil engineering.
Also according to Moody (which apparently believes in transparency),
3 April 2012,