Support Davis-Monthan’s Chance to House F-35s

As president of Southern Arizona Defense Alliance, I’m proud to be in a group of local and regional businesses and community leaders supporting and preserving our military presence in Southern Arizona.

As the president and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber, I strive to grow the businesses of our 1,500 members and support the community in representing the interests of our region. Chamber members recognize how Davis-Monthan has a positive impact on Southern Arizona through their significant $2.6 billion economic impact and role in job creation.

D-M has received its fair share of recognition over the years. The Air Force named D-M Air Combat Command base of the year in 2012, 2015 and 2017.

Military experts consider D-M one of the most important combat air bases in the Department of Defense. The 10,600-acre base is home to 10,220 employees and thousands of indirect and induced jobs.

Today, May 11, is the FINAL DAY to send comments for the scoping period. Show your support for Davis-Monthan and all flying missions. Please take this opportunity to submit your comments to the Air Force.


The Air Force is assessing potential future sites for a Reserve F-35 unit including Tucson. The Defense Department has filed a notice of intent in the Federal Register that the Air Force planned to assess Tucson and three other sites as potential homes for two dozen F-35A aircraft.

If Tucson is chosen as a reserve site, two dozen F-35A aircraft and two backup aircraft inventory would replace 24 A-10 aircraft at the base.

The Air Force held a public meeting April 24 at the Tucson Convention Center to hear comments on possible future basing of the F-35 fighter jet at D-M. While there is no immediate plan to base the next-generation fighter here, the public meeting was important to let the Air Force know Tucson wants a flying mission at Davis-Monthan.

Let’s keep DM flying strong – no matter the mission – to support our national defense and our community.


Amber Smith
President & CEO
Tucson Metro Chamber