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  • Davis-Monthan’s local mission, critical role in national security must be preserved

    Mar 11, 2014 | Read More News
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    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a crucial part of the economic and social fabric of this region and its mission in protecting the nation must be preserved, Pima County Supervisors agreed Tuesday.none

    The Board committed to support the mission of the A-10 aircraft, which was recommended for retirement by the U.S. Secretary of Defense in late February as part of a package of deep defense cuts in military spending and programs.

    The Board similarly voted to support the transfer of any additional mission – flying or otherwise – for Davis-Monthan and other bases in the region.

    Supervisor Ramón Valadez, who represents the Davis-Monthan area, said the A-10 is valued for its ability to fly low and slow, and to hover over ground troops – a combination that hasn’t been replicated in other aircraft. But importantly, Valadez said, “This not only supports the A-10 and further operations of the 355th, but also supports any mission the Air Force is willing to send our way.”

    Access to training ranges from Davis-Monthan is unprecedented, he said, as is the number of days meeting flying conditions. “We do present an asset that I believe is unequaled,” Valadez said.
    Supervisor Ray Carroll said it is important to show that the community is actively aligned to support the base. “The Defense Department wants to know that we’re involved and that we support these missions,” he said.

    Linda Morales, a member of DM50, thanked the Supervisors for their ongoing support. “You’ve been there for us in the past and we are grateful that you continue to support us in our efforts to keep the base and the flying mission here at DM.”

    While the base contributes more than $1.1 billion to the local economy annually, the community has invested in the base as well, including protecting the departure corridor from encroachment and improving the road to the South Wilmot Gate.

    The Board encouraged other local jurisdictions to adopt a similar resolution of support.