Military Aviation Pumps $700M into Northern Nevada Economy
Much of the $700 million economic boost generated annually by the Navy, the Air National Guard and Army National Guard at three airfields in northern Nevada does not come as a part of a steady flow.
Prior to deployment on an aircraft carrier, air wings train at Air Naval Air Station Fallon for four weeks, bringing 75 aircraft and at least 2,000 personnel to the region. “It’s either feast or famine,” a base spokesman told the Northern Nevada Business Weekly. Last year, Fallon trained six air wings, but only two are scheduled to come this year.
Other regional activity fueled by the military is the result of the Nevada Air Guard’s 152nd Airlift Wing at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and two Army National Guard units at Reno-Stead Airfield.