Who We Are

Can you imagine Tucson without Davis-Monthan Air Force Base? Davis-Monthan was established in 1927 and has been in use since 1941 as an air base. Nearly all Tucsonans have never taken a breath in Tucson without DM’s presence. Unfortunately, proposed federal deficit reduction measures could threaten the industry and result in base closures throughout our region. Many think DM is most at risk.

Southern Arizona’s six military assets provide more than 76,700 jobs and pump almost $7.99 billion into our economy every year. Tucson is the seventh highest recipient of defense dollars among all U.S. cities, and number one in Arizona, according to a Bloomberg Government Study released in 2011.

DM isn’t the only Southern Arizona military installation facing reductions in force or funding cuts. From Yuma’s Army Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station near the California state line, all the way east to Fort Huachuca’s Army base, and north to the Arizona National Guard Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana and 162nd Fighter Wing, every installation in our region could face adverse impacts from military draw downs. With your support and backing, the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance will coordinate the effort to preserve our military assets in Southern Arizona.

About Southern Arizona Defense Alliance

Southern Arizona Defense Alliance (SADA) is a broadly based group of local and regional businesses and community leaders who have come together to help support and preserve our military presence in Southern Arizona.

Board of Directors

Amber Smith

AMBER SMITH

President

 Tucson Metro Chamber, DM50

Larry

LARRY LUCERO

Immediate Past President

Tucson Electric Power

KEVIN PETERSON

Vice President

Huachuca 50 President, CGI Federal

ELLEN JIMENEZ

Secretary

Sonesta ES Suites Tucson & Chairperson of the Military Affairs Committee of the Tucson Metro Chamber

ROBERT MEDLER

Treasurer

162nd Air Guardians President & Tucson Metro Chamber

TOM ROBERTSON

162nd Air Guardians & Wells Fargo Advisors

SANDI EGHTESADI

Farmers Insurance Group

Ron

JULIE ENGLE

Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp

BRYAN FOULK

BRYAN FOULK

Foulk Dental, DM50 President

David

DAVID GODLEWSKI

SAHBA, DM50

STEPHANIE HEALY

Cox Communications, DM50

TED MAXWELL

Southern Arizona Leadership Council

OMAR MIRELES

HSL Properties

BRENT RUSTAND

Crest Insurance Group

SHAY STAUTZ

Arizona State University

RICK STILGENBAUR

Squire Patton Boggs

BRIAN C. TEN EYCK
Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost
University of Arizona

Sponsors

The growing list includes:

  • 162nd Fighter Wing Air National Guard Air Guardians
  • DM50
  • Fort Huachuca 50
  • International Association of Machinists
  • Metropolitan Pima Alliance
  • Pima County
  • Southern Arizona Business Coalition
  • Southern Arizona Home Builders Association
  • Southern Arizona Leadership Council
  • Strongpoint Marketing/LP&G/Zimmerman Public Affairs
  • Town of Marana
  • Town of Oro Valley
  • Town of Sahuarita
  • Tucson Electric Power
  • Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Tucson Metro Chamber
  • Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities
  • Tucson Association of Realtors
  • Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • VisitTucson
  • Yuma Chamber of Commerce

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Davis Monthan Air Force Base

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Commissary MCAS

Yuma Proving Ground

Pinal Airpark