A couple of significant local
military items to catch up with. In
2013, the 3rd ID's Combat Aviation Brigade added a new, specialty unit,
with the activation of the MQ-1C Grey Eagle company, stationed in a state-of-the-art,
90-thousand square foot facility at Fort
Stewart. The Grey Eagle is an unmanned,
camera-equipped, aerial combat support system, for use with reconnaissance and target-acquisition,
capable, as well, of carrying and launching hellfire missiles. The Fort Stewart unit-facility was built to
accommodate a total of 12 Grey Eagles. Continuing
its roll-out, the Army plans to equip each Division with Grey Eagle support.
And just three-weeks ago, Coast Guard Air Station Savannah celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Attended by current unit members, former members, Coast Guard veterans and retirees, representatives from other service- branches, and community supporters, the ceremony was conducted by 7th Coast Guard District Rear-Admiral John Korn and Air Station Commanding Officer, Commander Greg Fuller, and included a video presentation, recounting highlights of the unit's 50-years of stationing in Savannah. Now with over 100 active duty, reserve and civilian staff, equipped with five MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, with direct responsibility for almost 1,000-miles of shoreline, from South Carolina to Florida, our Air Station personnel average 200 search and rescue calls each year, which in 2013 alone, resulting in 29 lives saved. Along with the four other United States Coast Guard units stationed in Savannah, our thanks to the men and women of Air Station Savannah for your commitment and courage, and our congratulations on the observance of your 50-years of stellar service to Savannah, and wherever else the nation calls.