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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Gillibrand Touts Assets of Niagara Air Base

  • March 28, 2011
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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) highlighted the state-of-the-art facilities and efficient operations at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station during a tour Friday intended to strengthen local efforts to keep the installation off any future base closure list.

Gillibrand vowed to fight for construction money so the air station could continue to support the military and federal law enforcement with outstanding services, reported the Tonawanda News. The senator saw one of the base’s lodging facilities and ongoing construction of a dining hall. Earlier this month, base officials held a groundbreaking for an indoor small-arms firing range.

“What’s most exciting is during these very tough economic times, this base has so much opportunity for economic growth,” she said. The air base — home to the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard and the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve — provides 3,000 jobs and has a payroll of $88 million.

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