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Dobbins bids farewell to action-packed 2017

A member of the 94th Operations Group grabs onto a life raft during combat and water survival training at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida Feb. 23, 2017. According to Col. Patrick Campbell, 94th Operations Group commander, this marks the first time this training has completed by aircrew, aeromedical and aircrew flight equipment personnel at the same time.

A member of the 94th Operations Group grabs onto a life raft during combat and water survival training at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida Feb. 23, 2017. According to Col. Patrick Campbell, 94th Operations Group commander, this marks the first time this training has completed by aircrew, aeromedical and aircrew flight equipment personnel at the same time.

Movie extras watch as an actor performs a song on the movie set of Pitch Perfect 3, filmed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. March 18, 2017. The base was made to look like Rota, Spain. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. James Branch)

Movie extras watch as an actor performs a song on the movie set of Pitch Perfect 3, filmed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. March 18, 2017. The base was made to look like Rota, Spain. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. James Branch)

Members from different aerial port squadrons in the Air Force Reserve Command compete in the Port Dawg Challenge at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, April 25-27, 2017. The challenge included cargo transport and many obstacle course-style challenges to encourage teamwork and promote real-time training. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Don Peek)

Members from different aerial port squadrons in the Air Force Reserve Command compete in the Port Dawg Challenge at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, April 25-27, 2017. The challenge included cargo transport and many obstacle course-style challenges to encourage teamwork and promote real-time training. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Don Peek)

Dobbins partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to assist a child in living his dream of becoming an astronaut May 1, 2017.

Dobbins partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to assist a child in living his dream of becoming an astronaut May 1, 2017.

Vice President Mike Pence takes a selfie with military members during a visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia June 9, 2017. While recognizing it as the largest joint service training Reserve base in the world, Pence pledged the administration’s full support of our service members and national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Vice President Mike Pence takes a selfie with military members during a visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia June 9, 2017. While recognizing it as the largest joint service training Reserve base in the world, Pence pledged the administration’s full support of our service members and national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

A fireworks display goes off at SunTrust Park during the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Braves game on July 4, 2017. A group of about 80 men and women from the Army, Georgia National Guard, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve volunteered to help unfurl the flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jaimi L. Upthegrove)

A fireworks display goes off at SunTrust Park during the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Braves game on July 4, 2017. A group of about 80 men and women from the Army, Georgia National Guard, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve volunteered to help unfurl the flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jaimi L. Upthegrove)

An explosive ordnance disposal robot pulls a tarp off barrels on the back of a truck during a simulated EOD training scenario at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 22, 2017. The scenario was part of the second annual Eastern National Robot Rodeo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

An explosive ordnance disposal robot pulls a tarp off barrels on the back of a truck during a simulated EOD training scenario at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Aug. 22, 2017. The scenario was part of the second annual Eastern National Robot Rodeo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Evacuees retrieve their luggage from the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 6, 2017. The aircraft carried civilian and contract Department of Defense personnel who were evacuated from the Caribbean in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Evacuees retrieve their luggage from the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 6, 2017. The aircraft carried civilian and contract Department of Defense personnel who were evacuated from the Caribbean in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

A woman embraces a returning deployer on the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 18, 2017. Aircrews and aircraft maintainers returned to Dobbins after a four-month deployment to the Middle East in support of contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

A woman embraces a returning deployer on the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 18, 2017. Aircrews and aircraft maintainers returned to Dobbins after a four-month deployment to the Middle East in support of contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 94th Airlift Wing and other Air Force Reserve units load generators onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Oct. 1, 2017. Air Force and FEMA contracted aircraft arrived at Dobbins to pick up medical equipment and relief supplies, to include communication assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Kelly Goonan)
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Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 94th Airlift Wing and other Air Force Reserve units load generators onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Oct. 1, 2017. Air Force and FEMA contracted aircraft arrived at Dobbins to pick up medical equipment and relief supplies, to include communication assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Kelly Goonan)

Col. Marty Hughes, 94th Mission Support Group commander, prepares to cut a ribbon during a reopening ceremony at the base track at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 5, 2017. The renovation process lasted about a month as crews worked quickly to have it repaved and restriped. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)
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Col. Marty Hughes, 94th Mission Support Group commander, prepares to cut a ribbon during a reopening ceremony at the base track at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 5, 2017. The renovation process lasted about a month as crews worked quickly to have it repaved and restriped. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. --

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Time certainly flew in tandem with Dobbins’ increased operations tempo for 2017.

Thinking back on all the accomplishments and opportunities to demonstrate superior air power, Dobbins has a lot to be proud of regarding its impact here and abroad.

The first major event that comes to mind is the mass deployment of Airmen and aircraft in support of contingency operations overseas. Nearly a quarter of the wing deployed along with several aircraft which was responsible for flying much needed resources to the front lines in the fight against ISIS.

The wing also supported missions at home, as Dobbins served as a hub for FEMA operations after several hurricanes bombarded the Caribbean. The flight line was full of everything from semi-trucks to C-5 Super Galaxies, along with personnel from a variety of government and non-government organizations.

Dobbins even partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to assist a child in living his dream of becoming an astronaut.

Atlanta was also abuzz with activity this year, completing construction on the new home for the Braves, SunTrust Park, right here in Dobbins’ backyard. Members from around Dobbins volunteered to unfurl the flag on the field during the Braves’ pre-game Fourth of July celebration.

Beyond our backyard, Georgia is quickly rising in notoriety as a top filming location, with some affectionately referring to it as Y’allywood. Dobbins recently served as a backdrop to a major motion picture, Pitch Perfect 3, where production crews changed the appearance of the base to look like Rota, Spain.

While film crews constructed movie sets, Dobbins was busy with construction of its own as it made a few major improvements. The base club got a new outdoor patio and the base track was resurfaced, complete with Air Force logos stenciled throughout.

A special guest also dropped in on Dobbins this year. During his visit, Vice President Mike Pence recognized Dobbins as the largest joint service training Reserve base in the world. He also pledged his and the administration’s full support of military service members and national defense.

In addition to Dobbins serving as a backdrop for movies and local news, everyone’s favorite scene might have been the almost unexpected snowfall. It was quite surreal to see the C-130s blanketed in a layer of snow out on the runway just in time for the holidays.

Looking back on all the wing has accomplished can only inspire us to look forward to next year where we’re sure to receive more opportunities to excel. For nearly 70 years, Reserve Citizen Airmen at Dobbins have been the cornerstone of the success in defending the nation by providing mission-ready forces.

Here’s to another year of flying, fighting and winning.