Commanding officers discuss future of Davis-Monthan AFB - Tucson News Now

Commanding officers discuss future of Davis-Monthan

According to the Air Force, Davis-Monthan employs about 5,000 people in support of the A-10. According to the Air Force, Davis-Monthan employs about 5,000 people in support of the A-10.
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Triple shooting leaves 3 dead; suspect in critical condition

    Triple shooting leaves 3 dead; suspect in critical condition

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:32 PM EST2018-02-21 23:32:13 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:49 AM EST2018-02-22 14:49:01 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    (source: 3TV/CBS 5)(source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Phoenix police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the west Valley. Police say three people were shot by a suspect, and that suspect is in critical condition.

    Phoenix police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the west Valley. Police say three people were shot by a suspect, and that suspect is in critical condition.

  • UPDATE: Bond set for Tucson couple in shocking child-abuse case

    UPDATE: Bond set for Tucson couple in shocking child-abuse case

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:51 PM EST2018-02-22 04:51:23 GMT
    Benito and Carol Gutierrez, of Tucson, have been accused of abusing their four young adopted children. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)Benito and Carol Gutierrez, of Tucson, have been accused of abusing their four young adopted children. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

    Benito and Carol Gutierrez have been accused in a disturbing case of child abuse involving their adopted children, authorities said.

    Benito and Carol Gutierrez have been accused in a disturbing case of child abuse involving their adopted children, authorities said.

  • Woman saves girl from kidnapper by pretending to be her mother

    Woman saves girl from kidnapper by pretending to be her mother

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:28 AM EST2018-02-22 06:28:55 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:28 AM EST2018-02-22 06:28:55 GMT

    The 12-year-old victim says the suspect grabbed her in a bear hug and began dragging her down the sidewalk.

    The 12-year-old victim says the suspect grabbed her in a bear hug and began dragging her down the sidewalk.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Commander, Col. Kevin Blanchard spoke with local business leaders Friday morning about the base and its future.

It was part of the Metropolitan Pima Alliance business breakfast at the Tucson Realtor Association headquarters.

Blanchard discussed Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's role in the local community and throughout the world. Among them, the A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jet, as well as the rescue missions and electronic combat training that happens at the base to use in real life situations around the world. The A-10 has been threatened because of sequestration cuts.

This week, Congressman Ron Barber signed a letter with more than 30 other legislators sent to the Defense Department in hopes of keeping the A-10 around. Blanchard says it is the only place where pilots train to fly the A-10.

"If you have the weapons system in the Air Force than the training is vital because we are the only source for new pilots," Blanchard said. "We're the only source for training new pilots. We're the only source of instructor pilots for that training, so training is absolutely key to maintenance of the weapons system for all those units that deploy worldwide."

According to the Air Force, Davis-Monthan employs about 5,000 people in support of the A-10, contributing more than $1 billion to the Southern Arizona economy.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE: 2018 Tucson Rodeo Parade

    WATCH LIVE: 2018 Tucson Rodeo Parade

    Thursday, February 23 2017 10:12 AM EST2017-02-23 15:12:23 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:59 AM EST2018-02-22 15:59:29 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Watch the 93rd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade live on KOLD News 13 and www.tucsonnewsnow.com

    Watch the 93rd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade live on KOLD News 13 and www.tucsonnewsnow.com

  • Crews extinguish fire in Tucson home

    Crews extinguish fire in Tucson home

    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:24 AM EST2018-02-22 15:24:53 GMT
    (Source: Tucson Fire Department)(Source: Tucson Fire Department)

    According to a statement from TFD, it was unclear if the house near East 30th Street and South Craycroft Road was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

    According to a statement from TFD, it was unclear if the house near East 30th Street and South Craycroft Road was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

  • Last-minute preparations underway for Tucson Rodeo parade

    Last-minute preparations underway for Tucson Rodeo parade

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:38 AM EST2018-02-22 12:38:00 GMT

    Dozens of people spent Wednesday afternoon putting the finishing touches on their wagons for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. There are a total of 81 wagons in this year's parade. Close to 2,400 people and 560 horses will be walking in the parade as well. 

    Dozens of people spent Wednesday afternoon putting the finishing touches on their wagons for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. There are a total of 81 wagons in this year's parade. Close to 2,400 people and 560 horses will be walking in the parade as well. 

Powered by Frankly