Tucson base is finalist for new squadron site
Web Producer: Laura Rios
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is one of three finalists for the location of a new active-duty squadron.
If selected, 280 jobs would come to Tucson.
The other finalists are Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
A choice will be made as early as next month. The unit in need of a base handles unmanned aerial vehicles.
No remotely piloted aircraft would come to Tucson, only a ground control station for MQ-1B Predators and MQ-9 Reapers used on air support and intelligence missions.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she applauds the U.S. Air Force for considering Davis-Monthan for the new squadron and pledges her office's support and assistance in any way possible.
Brewers says "a strong military makes for a strong Arizona."
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