President arrives and departs from Hunter Army Airfield

By Michelle Paynter - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - President Obama landed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah just before noon.

He was greeted by Savannah mayor Otis Johnson, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, General Jeffry Phillips with the 3rd Infantry Division and Ginger Cucolo, the wife of 3rd ID commander Major General Tony Cucolo.

Two dozen members of the local media were set up on a platform just feet away from where Air Force One landed. Security was very tight, the Secret Service used to metal detector on everyone and searched every bag.

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police, Georgia State Patrol, the Chatham County Sheriff's Department and military police with Hunter Army Airfield also helped out with security.

Once the President was whisked away to Savannah Technical College, several people got to take a tour of Air Force One, including Ginger Cucolo.

Just after 3pm the President arrived back at Hunter. He said goodbye to Cucolo and General Phillips.

Georgia's United States congressmen Jack Kingston and John Barrow rode back to Washington DC with the President. Kingston said they planned to talk about issue important to the Savannah area, like jobs and the ports.

Air Force One took off around 3:20 and disappeared into the overcast sky.

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