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Georgia Air National Guard

The Georgia Air National Guard is the air force militia of the U.S. state of Georgia. It is, along with the Georgia Army National Guard, an element of the Georgia National Guard. It is considered a part of the United States Air Force, as well as its state mission.

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Georgia Air National Guard units

The Georgia Air National Guard has 3,000 airmen and officers assigned to two flying wings and six geographically separated units (GSUs) throughout Georgia.

Georgia Air National Guard headquarters

The Georgia Air National Guard headquarters at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta includes the state headquarters staff, whose mission is to provide command and control of Georgia Air Guard units. Co-located with the headquarters is the 530th Air Force Band. Major General Scott Hammond is the current commander of the Georgia Air National Guard. Brigadier General Bobby Shannon is serving as vice-commander.

The current headquarters was the former location of Naval Air Station Atlanta, which was discontinued in late September 2009 on recommendation of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) committee. It is located on the south side of Dobbins, near Smyrna, and shares the runways with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. It is also the headquarters of the Georgia Army National Guard and the Georgia Department of Defense itself. Parts of the DOD, including the directorate, are also still listed on Confederate Avenue in southeast Atlanta (south of Ormewood Park), where it was previously headquartered.

116th Air Control Wing

Location of the Georgia ANG units. The 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins flies and maintains the Air Force's only fleet of Joint STARS (Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System) aircraft. The air-to-ground surveillance radar system is capable of tracking moving ground targets from more than 150 miles away, and provides ground commanders with real time intelligence. In 2008 the 116th earned its 14th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

165th Airlift Wing

The 165th Airlift Wing in Garden City flies C-130 cargo aircraft carrying personnel and equipment around the world. In 2005 the unit deployed aircraft and more than 100 personnel to Karshi-Khanabad (K2), Uzbekistan for 11 months. During this period the unit airlifted more than 35,660 tons of cargo in support of the Global War on Terror.

117th Air Control Squadron

The 117th Air Control Squadron is headquartered in Garden City. It provides theater command with battle management, radar surveillance, control, and communication capabilities to plan and execute combined air operations, and provide state authorities with a dedicated force ready to react to local emergencies.

165th Air Support Operations Squadron

F-104 at Brunswick, GA The 165th Air Support Operations Squadron in Brunswick provides air liaison and terminal attack ground controllers to plan and coordinate close air support for ground maneuver units.

202d Engineering Installation Squadron

The 202d Engineering Installation Squadron, headquartered in Macon, provides worldwide engineering, installation and relocation of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. The squadron is aligned under the 253d Engineering Installation Group (MA ANG). The squadron received its eighth Air Force Outstanding Unit Award in 2009. It also received the 2009 Outstanding Support Plaque from the National Guard Association of the United States. At the end of FY11, the squadron will relocate to Robins AFB, Georgia due to BRAC. The unit's motto is "Global Technicians, Anywhere, Anytime!"

A 165th AW C-130 Hercules. 116th ACW E-8 Joint STARS.

224th Joint Communications Support Squadron

Brunswick's 224th Joint Communications Support Squadron provides deployable tactical communications for Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters and Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) Headquarters, and can operate in environments without a reliable terrestrial network. The squadron operationally reports to the Joint Communications Support Element (US Joint Forces Command) at MacDill AFB, FL. The squadron earned its fifth Air Force Outstanding Unit Award in 2007.

283d Combat Communications Squadron

The 283d Combat Communications Squadron, located at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, provides deployable, long range communication and information capabilities supporting Air Force and Joint Force commanders.

Combat Readiness Training Center

The Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), located at Savannah International Airport in Savannah, is one of four such training facilities in the nation Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, and Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center. The CRTC provides airspace parking, maintenance areas, training facilities, dormitories, and other support functions for Air Force, Marine and Navy units.

History

Starting in 2001, elements of every Air National Guard unit in Georgia were activated in support of the Global War on Terror. Flight crews, aircraft maintenance personnel, communications technicians, air controllers, intelligence analysts and air security personnel deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Uzbekistan and other locations throughout the Southwest Asia.

Active aircraft

C-130H at RIAT 2010.
C-130H at RIAT 2010.

Aircraft Origin Type
E-8 Joint STARS Airborne battle management
C-130 Hercules Tactical Transport

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