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78th Aviation Troop Command Home-stationed at the Clay National Guard Center, the 78th Aviation Troop Command is the aviation force of the Georgia Army National Guard, commanded by Col. R. Dwayne Wilson, with Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Sanders as his senior enlisted leader. The mission of the 78th ATC is to provide responsive, operational aviation formations to Geographic Combatant Commanders in support of Unified Land Operations; and when required, provide the Governor with aviation capabilities in support of domestic response operations here at home. The 78th Aviation Troop Command maintains 42 rotary-wing, fixedwing and unmanned aircraft systems that support Georgia National Guard units as well as other components of the military and federal, state and local agencies. With the same operational and training requirements as active component aviation, the units of the 78th provide a seasoned and ready force that stands ready to provide support to the citizens of the United States and Georgia. Over the past two decades, the Aviation Troop Command has built long lasting relationships that continue to be the mainstay of operational plans and training by supporting the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning and units stationed there as well as the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart. This past year marked the first year since 2003 that all units assigned to the 78th were at home at the same time in the continental United States making it an unprecedented year, but still one focused on training. During training year 2015, the 78th ATC executed more than 6,600 accident-free flight hours encompassing multiple exercises and more than 419 training sorties, moving more than 4,700 passengers, dropping over 1,000 airborne jumpers, and moving nearly 200,000 pounds of cargo. Among other challenging training events was the rotation of Company A, 1st of the 171st General Support Aviation Battalion at the National Training Center in support of the 1st Calvary Division. The unit served as the Command Aviation Company for the 1st Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division. It was the first training event at the National Training Center in over a decade for 78th Aviation Troop Command units and the crews and staff received accolades from the supported unit’s chain of command. A m on g ot h e r p ar t n e r bu i l d i n g

opportunities, Company C, 1st of the 111t h and C omp any C, 2nd of t he 151st participated in Vigilant Guard in Georgetown, S.C. During the exercise, the aviators supported a multi-partner response effort to a large scale natural disaster assisting to help develop the ability of national, state and local assets in there action plans.

Col. Dwayne Wilson Commander 78th Aviation Troop Command Georgia Army National Guard

78th ATC Units • 78th Aviation Troop Command Headquarters, Clay National Guard Center, Marietta • 1st Battalion, 171st Combat Aviation Brigade, CNGC • Company C (-), 2nd Aviation Security and Support Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment, CNGC • Company C (-) and supporting detachments of the 1-111th General Support Aviation Battalion, CNGC • Company B (-) and supporting detachments of the 1-169th General Support Aviation Battalion, Hunter Army Air Field, Savannah • Company C (-) and supporting detachments of the 1-169th General Support Aviation Battalion, HAAF, Savannah • Company C and supporting detachments of the 1-185th Assault Helicopter Battalion, Winder • Company B (-), 3rd Battalion, 135th Theater Aviation Brigade, CNGC • Detachment 1, Company D, 177th Brigade Engineering Battalion (UAS), HAAF • Detachment 2, Company B, 935th Division Aviation Support Battalion, HAAF • Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1, Winder • Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2, CNGC • Army Aviation Support Facility No. 3, HAAF

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