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05/13/05

New Personnel for 165th Airlift Wing

This BRAC list has some good news for many bases around Georgia. Not only are many of the bases staying open, under the proposal, many of them will be picking up personnel and programs.

The 165th Airlift Wing is growing. There were some anxious moments this week, but this morning the members of 165th learned they are staying put, and their neighbors like that news.

At Ronnie's Restaurant on Dean Forest Road, possible base closings were the talk of the town. "I hope they don't never close these bases down around here," said the restaurant's Stephanie Ertzberger.

Just down the road is the home of the 165th Airlift Wing at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. "They come in here and eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, the whole nine yards," said Ertzberger.

If the 165th lost personnel, Ronnie's would lose customers. Ertzberger was thrilled when we told her the 165th was safe.

Lt. Col. Speedy Gomez says not only are they staying, but the 165th is growing. They'll be adding 38 new personnel. "Getting more people allows us to accomplish more and continue our wartime and peacetime missions," he said.

And Ronnie's could be getting 38 new customers. "Keep us busy, keep my job," laughed Ertzberger.

US Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) says the 165th will also be getting a few more of C-130 airlift planes. He's not sure how many, or when, and there is no word on where these 38 new personnel will be coming from or what their duties will be when they get here.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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