Unused Runway Converted to Training Site for Air Reserve Programs

A dead runway at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., is now being used to train airmen for a variety of occupations, including tractor trailer and crane operators, and explosive ordnance disposal technicians.

Dobbins donated the runway and several acres of land to the Air Force Reserve Command’s Expeditionary Combat Support Training Certification Center in 2001, according to Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) Public Affairs.

AFCEC manages some of the training programs offered by the training center; other programs include mobile aircraft arresting systems and use of the reverse osmosis water purification unit.

Even though Dobbins is an Air Reserve base, the programs are designed to meet training needs across the entire service, said Master Sgt. Zach Fleming, a structure and heavy equipment instructor at the training center.

“What you see on the runway here are programs we initially developed to meet needs in the Reserve and Guard communities, but now we’ve extended them out to the total force community,” Fleming said.

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