Airport Accommodations for First Lady Arrival

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

The Dothan Regional Airport will be the first to welcome the First Lady's arrival to the Wiregrass.

It was Cheney in 2005, then Bush in 2006; now, the Dothan Regional Airport greets the First Lady, Laura Bush.

"Obviously, it makes us feel proud. We're glad. We're not the biggest airport in the world, but I have to tell you for a community our size, we have a really excellent facility here in Dothan. The Wiregrass area is blessed to have a facility like this," says Art Morris, airport manager at the Dothan Regional Airport.

The Dothan Regional Airport is the only airport in the Wiregrass that's large enough to handle the size of the presidential fleet.

However, with the special arrivals, come some special duties.

"It's a little different. For instance, when Vice President Dick Cheney came in, that was a planned trip. There was an advanced detachment from Secret Services, also from the Air Force," says Morris.

And, after VIPs leave for their event, the security at the airport doesn't stop.

"Secret Service detachment will go with her and protect her. There will be an Air Force security detachment that will protect the aircraft itself. It will obviously work with out local law enforcement and provide multiple layers of protection for that aircraft," adds Morris.

As far as the specifics, like arrival time for Mrs. Bush and exactly how security will be handled remains private, keeping safety first.

When it comes to housekeeping, Airport Manager Morris says they didn't make any major changes to its cleaning routine.

Morris says Dothan Regional Airport leaders pride themselves in their upkeep.

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