Dobbins JARB, Georgia
Dobbins Air Reserve Base, located in Marietta, Ga., 16 miles northwest of Atlanta, is the largest multi-service reserve training base in the world. Owned by the Air Force Reserve, Dobbins supports more than 10,000 guardsmen and reservists from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. It is home to nearly 50 aircraft assigned to different flying units and boasts more than 7,000 take-offs and landings each month. Among the aircraft based at Dobbins are the C-130 Hercules, DC-9 Sky Train, C-12 Beachcraft Kingair, C-560 Cessna Citation, FA-18 Hornet, E-2 Hawkeye, AH-1 Cobra, UH-1 Huey and UH-60 Blackhawk.
A number of C-130, C-141, and C-5 transports may be seen at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Company. The base provides the runway, control tower, weather and rescue services to all tenants. In addition, Dobbins accommodates a large number of aircraft from other bases that frequently can be seen on the flightline, including Air Force One.
During the summer of 2003 nine Air Force Reserve Command installations were re-designated joint bases or stations to reflect the multiservice use of the facilities. The locations and their new designations are: Dobbins Joint Air Reserve Base, Ga.; Grissom JARB, Ind.; Homestead JARB, Fla.; March JARB, Calif.; Minneapolis-St. Paul Joint Air Reserve Station, Minn.; Niagara Falls JARS, N.Y.; Pittsburgh JARS, Pa.; Westover JARB, Mass.; and Youngstown JARS, Ohio.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Naval Air Station Atlanta, GA. As a result, DoD recommended to consolidate the Naval Air Reserve Atlanta, located at NAS Atlanta, with Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center Atlanta located at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. This recommendation would locate aviation assets closer to their theater of operations and/or would result in increased maintenance efficiencies and operational synergies.
In another recommendation, DoD recommended to close General Mitchell Air Reserve Station (ARS). This recommendation would distribute the eight C-130H aircraft of the 440th Airlift Wing to the 94th Airlift Wing (AFR), Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB), GA (four aircraft) and another station. Adding aircraft at Dobbins would optimize squadron size, creating a larger, more effective squadron. Additionally, this transfer would move C-130 force structure from the Air Force Reserve to the active duty--addressing a documented imbalance in the active/Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve manning mix for C-130s.
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