Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Georgia National Guard played host to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who took time to honor Georgia Army and Air Guardsmen for their service with NATO forces in the Global War on Terror, as well as for their work with the nation of Georgia in the State Partnership Program.
Here, Rasmussen (left) talks with two air weapons operations officers about their jobs aboard the Georgia Air Guard’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Sytem, or JSTARS, aircraft flown by Warner Robins’ 116th Air Control Wing.
Before moving to the flight line outside the Air Force Reserve’s 94th Airlift Wing, where he looked over an Army Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, the secretary general talked with more than 60 Soldiers, Airmen and Georgia Department of Defense civilians about the Guard’s service along side NATO forces in Afghanistan, saying of the Citizen-Soldiers in the room, "It takes a special kind of man or woman to make that kind of commitment."
With the secretary general throughout his visit were Georgia's Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. William T. Nesbitt; Maj. Gen. Maria L. Britt, Georgia Army Guard Commander; and Maj. Gen. Thomas Moore, Georgia Air Guard Commander.