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
Tucson Metro Chamber, DM50
Immediate Past President
Tucson Electric Power
Huachuca 50 President, CGI Federal
Sonesta ES Suites Tucson & Chairperson of the Military Affairs Committee of the Tucson Metro Chamber
162nd Air Guardians President & Tucson Metro Chamber
162nd Air Guardians & Wells Fargo Advisors
Farmers Insurance Group
Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp
Foulk Dental, DM50 President
Cox Communications, DM50
Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Crest Insurance Group
Arizona State University
Squire Patton Boggs
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