The Dobbins Air Reserve Base, located in Marietta, Georgia, is 16 miles northwest of Atlanta and is the largest reserve training base in the world. Dobbins ARB is a multi-service base and is home to over 10,000 reservists and guardsmen from the Air Force, Marines, Navy and Army, as of November 2015.
The host unit at the Dobbins ARB is the 94th Airlift Wing, and the other military units hosted include the 22nd Air Force headquarters, the Georgia Army National Guard and the Naval Air Station Atlanta. A variety of different aircraft call Dobbins home, including the UH-1 Huey, DC-9 Sky Train, C-130 Hercules and FA-18 Hornet, among others. More than 7,000 take-offs and landings happen at Dobbins ARB every month.
The 94th Airlift Wing has approximately 2,500 reservists and civilian personnel assigned to it specifically. The 94th Airlift Wing’s main mission is to train C-130 Hercules personnel for Air Force active duty, reserve and guard units. Combat-ready troops are also prepared at Dobbins ARB to quickly deploy for support operational functions anywhere in the world. The 94th Airlift Wing’s command is also responsible for civil engineering, fire protection, security and air traffic control.
Originally called the Marietta Army Airfield, Dobbins ARB was built in 1943. The name was changed to Dobbins Air Force Base in 1952 to honor a local pilot, Captain Charles Dobbins, who was killed in World War II.