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Georgia Training Center Goes Operational for Hurricane Relief Support

Sept. 29, 2017 | BY Air Force Tech. Sgt. Amber Williams, 165th Airlift Wing
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For the first time in its history, the Air Dominance Center, a training facility at an Air National Guard base here, is being used in an operational capacity in support of hurricane relief operations.

Air Force Capt. Erin Sayson, 165th Airlift Wing navigator, prepares for the arrival of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, U.S. Army North commander, at the Savannah Air Dominance Center in Georgia, Sept. 28, 2017. Buchanan traveled on an Air National Guard C-130H cargo aircraft to travel to Puerto Rico as the primary Defense Department liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency-led hurricane relief effort. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Smith
Air Force Capt. Erin Sayson, a navigator with the 165th Airlift Wing, prepares for the arrival of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, U.S. Army North commander, at the Savannah Air Dominance Center in Georgia, Sept. 28, 2017. Buchanan traveled on an Air National Guard C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft to Puerto Rico as the primary Defense Department liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency-led hurricane relief effort. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Smith
Air Force Capt. Erin Sayson, 165th Airlift Wing navigator, prepares for the arrival of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, U.S. Army North commander, at the Savannah Air Dominance Center in Georgia, Sept. 28, 2017. Buchanan traveled on an Air National Guard C-130H cargo aircraft to travel to Puerto Rico as the primary Defense Department liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency-led hurricane relief effort. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Smith
Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan at Savannah Air Dominance Center
Air Force Capt. Erin Sayson, a navigator with the 165th Airlift Wing, prepares for the arrival of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, U.S. Army North commander, at the Savannah Air Dominance Center in Georgia, Sept. 28, 2017. Buchanan traveled on an Air National Guard C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft to Puerto Rico as the primary Defense Department liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency-led hurricane relief effort. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Smith
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Chelsea Smith
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The center is postured as a training facility for units to conduct air-to-air combat training missions for fourth- and fifth-generation fighters for the Air National Guard and the active duty Air Force, as well as for the Navy and Marine Corps.

"We usually have airlift aircraft arrive for exercises along with the fighter jets -- usually to transport personnel and equipment to maintain the fighters," said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Saxon, chief enlisted manager of the Air Dominance Center. "The 165th Airlift Wing has a ramp that is painted for C-130 Hercules parking. The ADC, on the other hand, has a ramp painted for fighter jets. This means the airfield management and transient alert crews really have to be highly skilled to watch for things like wingtip safety and clearances."

Around-the-Clock Manning

The ADC has staff manning the personnel support for contingency operations line. The base's dining facility and billeting office are being manned 24 hours a day.

"When we were first told that we would be going into 24-hour operations, my first thought was, 'Yes! This is what I joined the guard for,'" said Air Force Master Sgt. Tameitra Bryant, the center's financial management superintendent.

"I couldn't be more proud of our team," said Air Force Col. Emmanuel Haldopoulos, commander of the Air Dominance Center. "We've perfected the exercises that we host. But there was no playbook for our most recent mission. We relied on our team's hard-work, experience, creativity, and determination of the airmen of the ADC and the 165th AW to make it happen."