continued from page 140 In 1967, Fort Huachuca became the headquarters of the U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command – now known as the U.S. Army Information Command. In 1971, the post became home to the U.S. Intelligence Center and School. Also in 1967 Sierra Vista, located south and east of the post, annexed Fort Huachuca. Libby Army Airfield, which shares a runway with Sierra Vista Municipal Airport, is located at Fort Huachuca. The Electronic Proving Ground, a forerunner in the research and development of defense technology, was conducted from the fort for several decades. Military operations conducted at Fort Huachuca currently include: • The 902nd Military Intelligence Group, which conducts full-spectrum counterintelligence operations to protect Army forces, information and technologies – by detecting, identifying, neutralizing and exploiting foreign intelligence services, international terrorist threats and insider threats. • The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Army Signal Command, whose mission is to plan, engineer, install, integrate, protect, defend and operate Army Cyberspace. • The 11th Signal Brigade, which has the mission of rapidly deploying worldwide to provide and protect Command Control Communications and computer support across the full range of military operations. • The Army Military Affiliate Radio System • The Joint Interoperability Test Command According to a Bloomberg Government Study entitled, “Impact of Defense Spending: A State-by-State Analysis” published in November of 2011, Fort Huachuca received $1.2 billion from the Defense Department in fiscal year 2009 – far more than any other Arizona military installation. In fact, according to the Bloomberg Study, the amount of Department of Defense dollars pouring into Fort Huachuca was more than that received by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base ($478.3 million), Luke Air Force Base ($371.6 million) and Yuma Proving Ground ($217.2) combined. “Fort Huachuca is a unique contributor to the economy of Southern Arizona,” said Lee McPheters, research professor of economics in W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “There is a high-tech focus on electronics and intelligence, which creates upper-level jobs for both military and civilian workers. The direct spending impact of more than $1 billion a year is really significant to the whole region.” A Maguire Study utilizing 2005 data showed that Fort Huachuca had an economic impact on the Arizona economy of $2.38 billion and was responsible for creating 26,921 direct and indirect jobs, both of which were high marks among Arizona military installations. Fort Huachuca is Cochise County’s leading employer.
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