Published December 03, 2007
Located 16 miles northwest of Atlanta, Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga. supports more than 5,000 guardsmen and reservists from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The base is home to the 94th Airlift Wing, which is the host unit, and tenant organizations including the 22nd Air Force headquarters, Navy Operational Support Center and the Georgia Army National Guard.
The population consists of more than 2,000 Air Force reservists and civilians assigned to the 94th AW and 22nd Air Force combined, and nearly 4,000 members of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
The largest military tenant units include the 22nd Air Force, the Georgia National Guard Headquarters and the Navy Operational Support Center. The Army Reserve is also represented with a small aviation unit, and the Civil Air Patrol.
Hosted government tenants include: Selective Service System (Region 2 & Regional HQ), Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Defense Contract Management Agency, the SAF/IEE Eastern Region (Environmental, Safety, & Occupational Health), and AAFES.
Hosted private organizations include: Lockheed Martin, The Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Associated Credit Union.
The total 2016 fiscal impact to Cobb County was $172 million, which is on par with recent years. This includes military payroll as well as money spent in the local area, expenses paid to local civilian contractors, and other related expenses.
As the host unit at Dobbins, the 94th AW is responsible for providing combat-ready units ready to deploy on short notice to support operations around the world. The wing is also 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 the Air Force Reserve, Georgia National Guard, Lockheed Martin, and a number of other federal organizations.
With eight C-130s, the wing flies and provides constant maintenance to keep them in a condition to allow the wing to meet mission requirements.
The Operations Group is responsible to the wing commander for most flight-related functions throughout the wing. These functions include aerial delivery operations, aeromedical evacuation, operations support and flying squadron activities, deployable airlift control flight, airfield management, base weather, and air traffic control.
The group has a diverse mission set including certification of equipment and supplies for air shipment; cargo and passenger manifesting and load planning; airfield operation; routine and tactical combat airdrop of personnel and equipment; aeromedical evacuation, triage, and treatment of casualties; and forward deployed austere operational command and control of airlift support forces.
All of these units are capable of deployment anywhere in the world at a moment's notice in the event of heightened tension, outbreak of hostilities or to support humanitarian missions as dictated by the Nation Command Authority.
The Maintenance Group maintains the aircraft and keeps it mission ready.
The Mission Support Group is the most diverse organization on base, providing security, infrastructure maintenance and support, personnel records and processing.
Additionally, the 94th is home to two medical squadrons that support both aerospace medical staging and evacuation.
Recent exercises have strengthened bilateral relationships with allies.
Market Garden, The Netherlands
TAC Week, Youngstown Air Reserve Station
Patriot Warrior, Fort McCoy & Dobbins ARB
Swift Response, Germany
Real Thaw, Portugal
Saber Junction, Italy
Eager Lion, Jordan
Maple Flag, Canada
Sky Fist, Latvia
Atlantic Resolve, Poland
Additionally, in 2016 and 2017 more than 25% of the wing deployed in support of various contingency operations around the world.
During recent hurricane relief efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Dobbins was designated an Installation Support Base for FEMA and a Federal Coordinating Center for the National Disaster Medical System. Dobbins served as an air logistics hub, preparing and transporting cargo to and from affected areas, and a reception location for medical patients, evacuees and responders moving in and out of the Caribbean. In total, Dobbins supported 134 flights of both military and civilian aircraft and received over 200 patients for assessment and transport to Atlanta medical facilities.
Community Outreach & Support
The wing partners with the community in many ways to strength the relations with local organizations and further shared goals.
Honorary CCs events
2018 Boss Lift
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Dobbins ARB was built in 1943 and was originally called Marietta Army Airfield. In 1950, the named changed to Dobbins Air Force Base to honor Capt. Charles Dobbins, a pilot from Marietta. Captain Dobbins was killed during World War II when his C-47 aircraft was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea. In June 1992, the name was changed to Dobbins Air Reserve Base.
Dobbins Airmen are stationed locally, but provide mission ready forces worldwide.
(Current as of Jan. 30, 2019)