The T-100 Tuskegee-Leonardo DRS jet trainer project continues to gain support from organizations, friends, community leaders, students, elected officials and others from Tuskegee and across the United States with supporters who are saying “Count Me In”, we support the T-100 project.

The Tuskegee News is included in our local support and endorsement of the T-100 Tuskegee jet trainer project. If your organization, church, high school class, club, family in memory of a Tuskegee Airmen is interested in passing a Resolution of Support, please email to

Citizens Hardware

in Notasulga

Supports T-100 Jet Trainer

Citizens Hardware and Building Supply in downtown Notasulga knows what it takes to build anything. They have what it takes to build everything.

CHBS has been in business since Darren Garner’s grandfather, Jones, started the family company in the 1940’s. His dad Baxter took over in 1972. When he retired in 2007, Darren became the next generation CEO.

It’s the next generation, too, that Darren knows will be trained for the 750 new jobs that the T-100 jet trainer will bring to Macon County at the historic Moton Field airport. Darren is closely watching developments for the new aerospace manufacturing facility because “it’s a generational game-changer” for everyone in the county and in the region bringing new jobs, new businesses and new sustainable revenue for our communities.”

“My family’s business has been a stakeholder in the community for many years. We’re happy to see this T-100 jet trainer, a 21st century opportunity that has an excellent chance of coming to our area. This will be a great new economic engine for Macon County and we fully support it,” says Garner.

Speaking of engines, Garner added small engine repair to the business inventory, building screens, supplying livestock feed plus delivery to our customers.

“We try and meet the needs of what our customers ask for and buy. We subscribe to the theory…if you build it they will come. Well, if you supply it, they will buy it,” says Garner.

He knows, too, the importance of community pride.

“We have a lot to be proud of in our community, a lot of history here and a lot of opportunity to showcase that history across a global community. For Leonardo DRS to come full circle to Tuskegee means they recognize the importance of what the Tuskegee Airmen accomplished and the pride these brave men and women had in changing history in our country and across the world. That’s a pride not many communities can attest to, but we can in Macon County,” says Garner.

Garner plans to keep up with the T-100 jet trainer developments. He plans, too, to talk with Alabama congressman Mike Rogers to let him know that this jet trainer belongs in Tuskegee, at Moton Field, original home of the Tuskegee Airmen.

“I can think of no other place where aerospace, aviation and history fit hand in glove than in Tuskegee. It’s our time to move into the 21st century with what will be one of the largest aerospace manufacturing plants in Alabama and the first of its kind in the United States. It belongs in Tuskegee, pride of the swift growing south.”

Following is the ongoing list of groups and organizations that have passed Resolutions of Support for the T-100 Tuskegee-Leonardo DRS jet trainer project:

• Milstead Farm Group

• Davis-Moore Nursery

• Tallapoosa County Commission

• Harris Barrett School and Alumni

• The People’s Funeral Home

• Star Mindingall Water Authority

• Tuskegee Institute High School Class of 1976

• Tuskegee Institute High School Class of 1974

• Alabama Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc.

• Golden Life Center Ministry of Greater Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church

• Alabama State Leadership Conference of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.-Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter, Tuskegee

• McKenzie’s Funeral Home, Inc.

• Alabama League of Municipalities

• Aviation Council of Alabama

• Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

• Stoneage Mass Reunion

• Macon County Republican Party

• Tuskegee Institute High School Class of 1970

• Town of Franklin

• Town of Shorter

• AMEA, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority

• World Conference of Mayors

• Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance (HBTSA)

• Town of Notasulga

• Macon County Farmers Federation (Executive Board)

• Macon County Chapter, Alabama New South Coalition

• Macon County Democratic Conference, an Affiliate of the Alabama Democratic Conference

• Tuskegee Historic Preservation Commission

• Macon County-Tuskegee Public Library Board of Trustees

• First Friday Night Supper Club at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

• Loretta’s University Cleaners


• Tuskegee National Alumni Association

• Tuskegee University Local Alumni Club

• Alabama County Commission Association

• Utilities Board of Tuskegee (UBT)

• Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

• Tuskegee University Alumni Club

• Macon County Commission

• Macon County Board of Education


• City of Tuskegee

• National Bar Association

• The Tuskegee News

• Alabama House of Representatives

• Macon County Economic Development Authority

• Alabama Senate

• Governor Kay Ivey

• Alabama Commerce Department

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