Tonight, Middle Georgians are responding to the news of those job cuts at Robins Air Force Base. This community is just now coming face to face with the nation's economic woes.
"We're behind the curve as far as other parts of the country," says base employee, Chris Buller.
Now, this community is, unfortunately catching up, as 600 people are being asked to leave or retire from Middle Georgia's largest employer.
"The community surrounds themselves around the base," says Britley Mason, Warner Robins resident.
Some residents say there's one problem that needs to be fixed in order to keep the base viable.
"Robins needs to take care of the encroachment issue. That's something that people in Warner Robins have put off for a long time," says former RAFB employee, Bob Kinsey.
The big encroachment issue is the need to purchase land adjacent to the base to prevent noise injuries to nearby residents. Macon Chamber of Commerce President, Chip Cherry says, this predicament makes Robins less attractive than the other air logistic centers in the country.
"That's the one thing that's a handicap for us, so why would we knowing that not fix it. It doesn't make any sense."
Cherry says not addressing encroachment is risky.
"We don't want to take a chance that later on down the road they go through another round of rightsizing or reconfiguring, and we get a black mark for encroachment."
The downsize this round isn't worrying the entire community.
"I don't really think it will affect everybody," says Hassan Sparks.
Some residents believe any loss is major.
"I believe that's going to devastate our town," says Lisa Edrington, Warner Robins resident.
"I think it's a justified worry because right now they're talking about deleting so much money from the budget, who knows what's going to happen," says Kinsey.