Economic Impact of Southern Arizona Military Operations Continues to Expand, Area Leads State in Output.
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2016 Mission Strong Survey reports backing of region’s defense operations; still ‘Mission Strong’ among public.
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Honoring A True Hero
From Left: Shay D. Stautz, SADA Board, Robert Medler, President Air Guardians, Amber Smith, SADA President, US SASC Chairman Sen. John S. McCain, Linda Morales, DM50 Board, Ken Rosevear, Yuma 50 Board, Tom Finnegan, Huachuca 50 and co-chair, AZ Military Affairs Commission
It is with heavy hearts that members of the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance grieve the loss of Sen. John McCain, a great American, statesman and Arizonan. The Senator cared deeply about the value of the military to the defense of this country and to the home state he so loved. In fact, we have him to thank for the idea of creating SADA. Among his many other contributions, starting with his service in Viet Nam, was all he did as chairman of the Armed Services Committee. Southern Arizona owes him a great debt for his work to stop retirement of the A-10 Warthog based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and to increase production of the Tomahawk missile by Raytheon. We offer deep condolences to his family and many friends. And we salute him as a one-of-a-kind warrior and patriot.
Source: Arizona Daily Star
Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are making an eleventh-hour appeal to suspend a decision to cut the number of Apache attack helicopter battalions in the Army National Guard and disband a unit based in Marana.
Source: Tucson News Now
The military has a multi-billion dollar impact on the economy in southern Arizona, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the third-largest employer in Tucson, just behind the University of Arizona and Raytheon.