Georgia Army and Air National Guard train together at revitalized airstrip
April 10, 2014
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Georgia Army and Air National Guardsmen collaborated to complete jump training and combat landings at an airstrip at Remagen Landing Zone in Fort Stewart, Ga. The 5,000 foot dirt airstrip was recently revitalized by civil engineers from the New Mexico Army and Air National Guard to allow C-130H Hercules aircraft to perform short field take-offs and landings on a dirt airstrip within a short distance from the 165th Airlift Wing, in Garden City, Ga. Prior to the opening of the Remagen airstrip, pilots flew to North Carolina or California to train for combat take-offs and landings.
The joint effort between the Georgia National Guard and Army provided an opportunity for Tactical Air Control Party Airmen from the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, 238th Air Support Operations Squadron, Mississippi Air National Guard, 118th Air Support Operations Squadron, North Carolina Air National Guard to jump with soldiers from the 3rd Squadron 108th Cavalry Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard. After the jumpers cleared the airfield, pilots from the 165th Airlift Wing practiced combat take-offs and landings on the hard packed dirt airstrip.
Airmen from the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center and Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart were on hand to provide support to the jumpers and ensure the runway was clear for landings.