About the Huachuca 50

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Who We Are

Formed in 1987 as a 501(C)6 corporation, the board of directors is composed of 9 board members with ex officio members. The Fort Huachuca 50 is financially dependent on dues and donations.

Our Mission

Solely and exclusively promote the economic welfare of the Sierra Vista area by supporting the continuing development of Fort Huachuca.

What We Do

Solely and exclusively promote the economic welfare of the Sierra Vista area by supporting the continuing development of Fort Huachuca.

 

Why We Do It

  • Maintain the positive social and economic environment
    in the Sierra Vista area.
  • Keep jobs at Fort Huachuca to maintain a great quality of life.
  • Only private organizations with a sole focus on
    Fort Huachuca’s continued presence.
  • Keep Fort Huachuca off the base realignment and closure (BRAC) list.

Accomplishments

Support Us

No state taxes on active duty military stationed in Arizona

Waived residency requirements on tuition for soldiers and family members

DoD education compact to help dependents transition from state to state

Governors Military Affairs Commission (Co-Chair)

Capped Payday loan interest rates

Joint land use to define boundaries of electronic range

State Legislature mission briefing at the fort

Military Day at the capital

Military Installation Fund ($2 million for Fort Huachuca which funded conservation easements, light shielding for Libby Army Airfield, and additional property)

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Naming of the electronic range (Buffalo Soldier Electronic Test Range)

Proposition 119 (state land swaps)

7 Reasons to Become A Member

Being a member of the Huachuca 50 is more than a club, We work to promote the economic welfare of the Sierra Vista area by supporting the continuing development of Fort Huachuca. Become a member today and join over 25 years of protecting Fort Huachuca.
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1. Supporting Fort Huachuca

Fort Huachuca supports over 18,000 soldiers, civilian employees, contractors, and families. It’s continued growth and development is essential to the surrounding communities; their families and businesses. Our enduring support to Fort Huachuca and the people who work there is one of most important roles we can serve.

2. Promoting Local Economic Welfare

The continuing development of Fort Huachuca and its largest partner, Sierra Vista, not only builds a strong community, but a strong economy. A stronger, thriving economy equals more jobs, higher incomes, and improved public services.

3. Stop BRAC

One of the largest threats to Fort Huachuca and its surrounding communities is the Defense Base Realignments and Closures or BRAC. Be a part of the team that will work to protect Fort Huachuca from the next round of BRAC.

 

4. Engage with Decision-Makers

The Huachuca50 has long held members who are and have been key leaders and decision-makers both on Fort Huachuca and in Sierra Vista. The Huachuca50 continually works with local, state, and national government officials to help build a strong community.

5. Be in the Know

Because of our direct relationship with key leaders and decision-makers, our members are often on the forefront of coming changes, challenges, and opportunities. Keep your business in the know, become a member today.

6. Support Water Conservation

A growing concern for both Fort Huachuca and its surrounding communities is water conservation. The Huachuca maintains a continued effort to work with the Fort Huachuca on water conservation and management issues.

7. Supporting our Military

We are proud to continue the legacy that has given Arizona a national reputation for supporting our military.

Our History

Camp Huachuca was established in 1877.  This isolated camp had two missions: 1) Protect settlers and travel routes in SE AZ while 2) blocking Apache escape routes through the San Pedro & Santa Cruz valleys to sanctuary Mexico.

The location was selected in South East AZ because of fresh running water, abundance of trees, excellent observation in three directions and protective high ground for security against Apache tactical methods.

These topographical attributes have made Fort Huachuca a national asset since 1877. To help keep the Fort a national asset the Fort Huachuca 50 was formed in 1987 as a 501 (C) (6) corporation to promote the economic welfare of the Sierra Vista area by supporting the continuing development of Fort Huachuca.

The Fort is situated in what is described as a high altitude bowl.  Surrounded by mountains (Mules, Dragoons, Mustangs, Whetstones and Huachucas) that prevent electronic magnetic emissions from escaping or penetrating into the area.  The result is a pristine electromagnetic (EM) environment providing the perfect spot to conduct electronic testing.

Located far enough south away from commercial air routes, the Fort has a large block of restricted airspace (624 sq. miles) which enables both manned and unmanned aviation operations to occur.

The Fort’s gems of airspace and pristine EM environment have influenced the type of missions on the fort.  Major tenant units are:

  1. Intelligence Center of Excellence – UAS training, Military Intelligence training, Advanced Joint Human Intelligence (HUMINT) training, requirements development for future Military Intelligence capabilities, doctrine development and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Culture Center.
  2. Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)- connectivity of all Army units worldwide and cyber protection for all DoD networks in the US.
  3. Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and Electronic Proving Ground (EPG) – conducts three levels of testing required by DoD for all battlefield electronics. EPG does all Army Developmental and Operational testing, while JITC does Joint Interoperability testing for all branches of the military.
  4. Custom and Border Patrol-UAS Operations

It is the airspace and Libby Army Air Field that brings other Services and Fort Huachuca together. Fort Huachuca has 964 Square miles of Restricted Airspace and an unmanned flight corridor to White Sands Missile Range  (WSMR). Another flight corridor is planned to go to the Goldwater Range. Underneath the restricted airspace is Libby Army Airfield that continues to be the best in the business at controlling civilian and military manned and unmanned aircraft.  It is the fifth busiest Army Air Field in the US.

Many units use LAAF and it’s airspace daily. These include the 162nd Fighter Wing (F-16) AZANG from Tucson International Airport, the 355th Fighter Wing (A-10) from Davis Monthan AFB, the Missouri ANG (C-130) and non-military entities such as the US Border Patrol and the US Forest Service.

It is abundantly clear that Fort Huachuca is a vital and irreplaceable national military asset.  Missions on the Fort have changed over the years but the basic ones are still the same.  We are protecting American Citizens by training Soldiers, Airmen and Marines, testing communications devices from all services and allowing pilots from other services and nations to train in our unique environment.

Strong partnerships with Sierra VistaCochise County, Arizona Congressional leaders, and organizations like Southern Arizona Defense AllianceDavis Monthan 50, and Yuma 50 have been instrumental to Fort Huachuca’s continuing viability. A copy of the most recent Fort briefing with more detail can be found here.