Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., is the largest multi-service reserve training base in the world. Located 16 miles northwest of Atlanta, Dobbins ARB supports more than 10,000 guardsmen and reservists from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. The base is home to the 94th Airlift Wing, which is the host unit, and tenant organizations including the 22nd Air Force headquarters, Naval Air Station Atlanta and the Georgia Army National Guard. Nearly 50 aircraft are assigned to different flying units at Dobbins and the base including 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. The base boasts more than 7,000 take-offs and landings monthly.
The population consists of nearly 2,500 Air Force reservists and civilians assigned to the 94th AW and 22nd Air Force combined. More than 2,000 Navy, Marine Corps and Army reservists are also stationed at the base.
Organizations at Dobbins include the 94th Airlift Wing, 22nd Air Force headquarters, Naval Air Station Atlanta and the Georgia Army National Guard.
As the host unit at Dobbins, the 94th AW has a three-fold mission. Its primary mission is to train C-130 Hercules aircrews for the U.S. Air Force - active duty, guard and reserve components. It also maintains combat-ready units to deploy on short notice to support operations around the world. Finally the wing is responsible for providing security, civil engineering, fire protection, air traffic control and other services to the base and its tenant units. The wing also provides maintenance for the airfield, which is used by NAS and Lockheed Martin/Air Force Plant #6, which is adjacent to the base.
Headquarters, 22nd Air Force, is one of three numbered air forces in Air Force Reserve Command. 22nd AF is responsible for recruiting and training reservists and for maintaining subordinate units at the highest level of combat readiness. A by-product of training is to coordinate daily support of the active duty air force. 22nd AF's wartime mission is to provide combat-ready airlift and support units and augments personnel requirements to Air Mobility Command in the United States. More than 27,000 reservists fall under the 22nd Air Force across 14 different wings in 19 different states.
Naval Air Station Atlanta supports some 2,000 Navy and Marine Corps reservists in 31 different units. Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 46 (VR-46) flies the DC-9 Sky Train to support the Chief of Naval Operations airlift missions. Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 (VAW-77) flies the E-2C Hawkeye in support of the nations counter drug forces in the war on illegal drugs. In addition, the C-12 Beachcraft Kingair transports personnel and cargo throughout the continental U.S. and Caribbean regions.
Marine Air Group 42 (MAG-42) staff headquarters is located aboard NAS Atlanta.
The Marines have two squadrons located on the base. Marine Helicopter Light Attack Squadron 773 (HMLA-773) flies the AH-1W Cobra and UH-1N Huey helicopters and has made two deployments to Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 142 (VMFA-142) flies the FA-18 Hornet. VMFA-142's mission is to plan for the conduct of air operations in support of the Fleet Marine Force, supervise and train selected Marine Corps Reserve units, and ensure mobilization readiness.
The Georgia Army National Guard flies the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Other Army units on the base include the Joint Operations Directorate, which provides counter drug support to civil authorities and operations planning.
Lockheed Martin/Air Force Plant #6, which is adjacent to the base, also shares the Dobbins runway. The corporation uses a 74-acre building to build the C-130 Hercules and the P-3 Orion. Lockheed built the C-141 Starlifter and the C-5B at that plant as well. Lockheed is currently producing the Air Force's F-22 Raptor, an advanced air-to-air fighter designed to replace the F-15 Eagle.
In its 2005 BRAC recommendations, the 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 the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center forming the newly named Naval Operational Support Center Atlanta (NOSC) located at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The recommendation also directed NAS Atlanta aviation assets be transferred to aviation bases in Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia which would result in increased maintenance efficiencies and operational synergies