Sentry Savannah Exercise Underway at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Savannah - There is a Sentry Savannah exercise underway at the Georgia Air National Guard's Air Dominance Center (ADC) at the Savannah-Hilton Head IAP. There are F-16s from the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama ANG and Aero L-159s from Draken International at the ADC and they're being supported by 126th ARW and 185th ARW KC-135s at … Continue reading Sentry Savannah Exercise Underway at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

Marine Corps Trunked Repeater System – MCAS Beaufort/MCRD Parris Island Sites

I haven't seen a lot about the MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island sites of the US Marine Corps Trunked Repeater System and I don't get over to the Beaufort area much so I've been curious about it for quite awhile. I do keep both the "Mainside" and "Laurel Bay" sites listed on RadioReference programmed … Continue reading Marine Corps Trunked Repeater System – MCAS Beaufort/MCRD Parris Island Sites

Coastal Military Monitoring Recap; March 2019

Even though I wasn't able to fully take advantage of all of them, March 2019 offered some interesting monitoring opportunities. VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort continues to use callsigns other than SWEDE and WARLORD. Additionally, an ATAC detachment was at MCAS Beaufort to assist in VMFAT-501's F-35B training operations. An emergency preparedness exercise, Patriot South, was … Continue reading Coastal Military Monitoring Recap; March 2019

Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; March 2019

Mode-S hits from Military, Government, and Public Safety related aircraft as well as various other aircraft that catch my attention from attended monitoring of my RadarBox in Savannah and RadarBox Micro in Brunswick, GA. FROZEN 42 (C-17A, 93-0599, 3rd Wing) from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska on approach to Savannah IAP on 8 March 2019ARMY 1944 (C-37A, … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; March 2019

Aviation Assets for PATRIOT SOUTH Exercise at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

I wasn't in Savannah last week, so I didn't have a chance to monitor the Patriot South exercise that took place in Savannah until I got back to town on Friday. While I was in Brunswick, I did get a few snippets, but on the whole, I was out of range with the equipment I … Continue reading Aviation Assets for PATRIOT SOUTH Exercise at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

VMFAT-501 Callsigns and an ATAC Detachment at MCAS Beaufort

Earlier this month in the February MilCom Recap, I mentioned the new callsigns that VMFAT-501 has been using: MOJO, NITRO, and PHILLY. After Friday's monitoring, I've heard two more to add to the list: FURY and HELLCAT. Just as PHILLY has a connection to the squadron's heritage, FURY and HELLCAT do as well. As VMF-451, … Continue reading VMFAT-501 Callsigns and an ATAC Detachment at MCAS Beaufort

Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; February 2019

February was notable more for what didn't happen that didn't happen. For the first time in several years, there wasn't a Sentry Savannah exercise in February. Since the 43rd FS and 2nd FTS from Tyndall AFB always seemed to be the common denominator in Sentry Savannah exercises, I wasn't surprised and to be honest, wasn't … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; February 2019

Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; February 2019

Mode-S hits from Military, Government, and Public Safety related aircraft as well as various other aircraft that catch my attention from attended monitoring of my RadarBox in Savannah and RadarBox Micro in Brunswick, GA. NAVY LL 869 (P-8A, 169347, VP-30) and NAVY LL 897 (P-8A, 169330, VP-30) over the Savannah area on 12 February 2019 … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; February 2019

VMFAT-501 F-35B Aerial Refueling Training in the Coastal MOAs

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to catch aerial refueling training being conducted by the USMC's F-35B training squadron, VMFAT-501, out of MCAS Beaufort. Just after lunch OTIS 27 (KC-130J, 166472, VMGR-252) arrived in the Coastal MOAs and checked in with Townsend Range Control, passing their playmates as SWEDE flights. Shortly thereafter, SWEDE 11-13 (F-35B, VMFAT-501) … Continue reading VMFAT-501 F-35B Aerial Refueling Training in the Coastal MOAs

Townsend Range JTAC Activity; 12 February 2019

Monday and Tuesday were the first days I've had the opportunity to turn on the radios in about a week. Monday was a slow MilCom day as usual, but Tuesday proved interesting with a lot of activity from MCAS Beaufort F/A-18s and F-35s working with a JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) at Townsend Range in … Continue reading Townsend Range JTAC Activity; 12 February 2019