About Mission Strong

Mission Strong is a campaign of the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance (SADA), 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.

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

All have rallied together to help form the SADA in an effort to protect and promote military assets and prevent closures of installations throughout Southern Arizona.

Proposed budget cuts by the federal government, mandated by sequestration and other budget decreases, could threaten our military assets and result in base closures throughout our region. The retirement of the F-16 could drastically impact the 162nd Fighter Wing, which is currently the home of the International F-16 Training Center for the U.S. Air Force. The F-35 will replace the F-16, and it is imperative we convince the Air Force to make Tucson the new international pilot training home of the F-35.

To make matters worse, the Air Force recently announced plans to retire the A-10, the main aircraft stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. This could prove disastrous for DM and our community, unless an alternative primary mission replaces the A-10.

Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma Proving Ground and the Arizona National Guard Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana all potentially could be impacted by budget cuts.

Mission Strong’s goal is to rally the community across our region to send a loud and clear message to Washington that this community is fully behind all its military assets and supports any future missions the Department of Defense deems best suited for all Southern Arizona military installations.