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Savannah’s Combat Readiness Training Center to Conduct Change of Command Ceremony Saturday

Col. Todd Freeseman to retire after 30 years of service

Nov.. 1, 2013 – The Georgia Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), located at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, will conduct its Change of Command ceremony tomorrow as Col. Todd A. Freesemann retires from active duty after leading the base for the past four years.

At 10 a.m., the Change of Command ceremony will be conducted to recognize the considerable accomplishments of retiring Col. Freesemann and initiate the new command of Lt. Col. Thomas F. “Gasket” Grabowski.  Under Col. Freesemann’s 4-year command, the CRTC proactively recruited leading fighter units from across the nation, including the first ever deployment of F-22’s to an Air National Guard Base.  His tenure is marked with the full accreditation of the Cyber Training Center, a one-of-a-kind cyber communications schoolhouse training all Air Force, Reserve and Air National Guard airmen in this critical specialty.  He was also responsible for recruiting major exercises to the CRTC to include a national security operation entitled “ARDENT SENTRY”, and “GLOBAL GUARDIAN”, the largest international Air National Guard exercise in the world.

Col. Freesemann started his military career in 1983 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  In 1987, he was commissioned as an engineer officer in the Regular Army.  After serving more than nine years, he resigned his Regular Army commission and accepted an engineer’s position in the 165th Civil Engineer Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard.  The remainder of his career has been fully devoted to the Georgia Air National Guard, in the 165th Airlift Wing and Combat Readiness Training Center.  In 2005, he volunteered to deploy to Iraq to serve as a combat engineer.

His professional military accomplishments includes; U.S. Army Ranger School, U.S. Army Airborne School, U.S. Army Basic Engineer School, U.S. Army Air Assault School, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Officer Course, Unit Supply Officer Course, U.S. Army Contracting Officer Representative, U.S. Army Advanced Engineer School, Reserve Forces Air Base Combat Engineering Course, Squadron Officer School, Correspondence, Air Command and Staff School, Seminar Air War College, Correspondence.

Lt. Col. Thomas “Gasket” Grabowski, a communications world guru and air-battlefield manager with 30 years of military experience, will assume command.  His acute energy and expertise are vital elements as he accepts the guide-on to lead Georgia’s preeminent Air National Guard Combat Training facility into an all new future, albeit with a streamlined cohort of experienced airmen yet honed razor-sharp for the tasks ahead.   

All ceremonies will be conducted at the Combat Readiness Training Center located just off Dean Forest Road at Davidson Drive in west Chatham County. Interested media members are encouraged to arrive early in order to provide the maximum support for your individual needs. 

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