Having been stationed all over the U.S., I can tell you it makes all the difference in the world to live in a community that supports the military’s mission. Boise is definitely one of those places, and I hope there continues to be a large military presence at Gowen Field for our community to support. That support is a two-way street because every single one of the men and women of the National Guard and other reserve units lives, works and supports our local economy.
When people think about having a large military presence in Boise, some tend to consider only the men and women in uniform. However, many of these folks have families and dependents that contribute to our community.
I live near the Boise Airport and I love hearing the A-10s fly overhead. The aircraft serves as a frequent reminder that there are several men and women at Gowen Field, who are training daily for deployment to hostile or dangerous situations.
Several questions, which have a significant impact on our community, remain unanswered: Will the A-10s go away or will the program be saved? Will the F-35s come to Boise? Will all air operations for the Guard and reserves be moved to Mountain Home?
The one thing we can all agree on is that the men and women of the armed forces need and deserve our respect and support; and as long as they are around, Boise should continue to support our fellow community members at Gowen Field.