Florida Army National Guard Unit Deploys to Amelia Island for the Concours d’Elegance

The title may sound a bit ominous but as part of a training exercise and to provide support due to the increased air traffic at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport during the 24th Annual Concours d’Elegance this weekend, members of the 2-111th Aviation Operations Battalion (Mobile Tower System) from nearby Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Starke, Florida were on hand to lend their assistance in ATC (Air Traffic Control).

The local airport typically fills-up with a wide variety of airplanes from small single-engine aircraft all the way up to the largest business-class and private jets.


The unit, made-up of Florida Army National Guard Soldiers from Camp Blanding, operate from an ultra-modern mobile ATC vehicle that can deploy rapidly to anywhere they’re needed on short notice. Totally self-contained and self-supporting, the Soldiers set up their communications antennas and mobile generator and assist local air traffic control operators in the safe ground operations at the airport they’re supporting.



I met with the three Soldiers and came away impressed with their professionalism and dedication to the mission at hand (as I knew I would).



From left to right, Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) Charles Smith, Sergeant (Sgt) Sara Newby, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) Holly Denny.



Also at the airport today, members of the American Military Historical Society had some of their vintage (and still driveable) military vehicles from the early 1900s all the way to the late 1980s.


World War II USMC Willys Jeep


1968 Kaiser Jeep Ambulance


1984 AM General Cargo/Troop Carrier


1983 Chevrolet Utility Cargo Vehicle (CUCV) in US Navy SEABEES trim

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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