By John A. Cooper Sr.
Niagara Military Affairs Council Chairman
For the past 25 years, the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) and the civilian community have enjoyed a healthy relationship of mutual support. NIMAC’s success and relationship with the NFARS is applauded across the USAF as an example of how a military affairs council should operate. It is what makes our community unique within the military community.
Unlike active duty installations, service members stationed at the NFARS depend for the most part on community housing, hospitals, schools, grocers and retailers. The value of this relationship provides 3,000 jobs and well exceeds $250 million annually to our community. The presence of the military in our community also brings cultural diversity and provides opportunity for our community to enter into military service and serve in this region.
NIMAC continues to work with leaders at the local, state and federal level to stay on top of issues that may affect the NFARS.
We remain ready to not only protect our base, but see the installation grow. Historically, our funding has come largely from our local municipalities. We have also been the recipient of New York state grants over the years, however with the change in state funding priorities, that is less certain. As a result, today more than ever, we need your support to promote and position the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and Niagara as the best place for the U.S. Air Force and their families.
Even during a difficult year we have much to be thankful for as a nation. Happy holidays to you and your family.