Mr. Rhoades joined the Partnership as the Director of Strategy in August of 2017.  Dan discovered the Middle Georgia area after having spent summers in Macon as a child, choosing this location to settle after he retired from the US Navy.  He began his military career in the Army Reserve National Guard, transitioning to full time service with the U.S. Navy.  He retired in 2006 with 24 years of service, most of them in the Intelligence community.  He built his strategic portfolio at U.S. Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Transportation Command.  He spent over two years in Iraq providing intelligence analysis to the Iraqi government and other U.S. Allies.  During his time in Iraq, and on his return, he worked with L3, SAIC and X-Technologies as a contractor.  He then joined Air Force Reserve Command as a civil service employee working the 2005 BRAC.  He participated in the founding of the Air Force Strategic Basing and Total Force programs.

As the Director of Strategy Dan is responsible for development and execution of strategies and action plans to enable achievement of the Partnership’s goals.  The 21st Century Partnership is a Georgia nonprofit corporation and is the only enterprise dedicated solely to actively support the current missions of Robins Air Force Base and ensure that both the base and the Middle Georgia community are best postured to accept new base missions.  The Partnership accomplishes these goals principally by working closely with national, regional and local leadership along with community organizations to positively influence those primary factors that will likely be considered under a future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. For more than 20 years, the Partnership has been a key participant in all large-scale Department of Defense decision-making of impact to Robins Air Force Base.



Executive Assistant

Ms. Smith joined the 21st Century Partnership in September 2012. She was born and raised in Portland, Michigan. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and worked as a flight attendant then married into the Air Force. She followed her husband to Pennsylvania, Arizona, Germany and Georgia. Ms. Smith retired from Robins AFB in December of 2012 after 28 years of civil service, with most of them in the Public Affairs Career Field. Ms. Smith can be contacted at (478) 225-9005 or


Executive Assistant

Ms. Bridges joined the 21st Century Partnership in February 2015. She retired from Robins AFB in January 2015 after 31 years of civil service. Most of her career was spent as a program manager in plans and programs, the commander’s action group, and supply chain management. Ms. Bridges is married, has two sons and two grandchildren. Ms. Bridges can be contacted at (478) 225-9005 or