As it turned out, HAFB
closed after our departure in the late 1960s for many years, but has been rebirthed as the Homestead Air Reserve Base--with no public hunting or fishing allowed in those canals.
Still, the Air Force Materiel Command, which governs HAFB, wasn't lying when it warned that aircraft maintenance would be reduced because of sequestration.
Overall, the reduction of aerospace and defense work at HAFB "is causing a panic and a general feeling of despair.
As president of Industrial Associates, an organization with ties to the Air Force Association that fosters relationships between HAFB and local industry, Slatter says the tone she is hearing locally is one of "doom and gloom.
Local companies that support the mission at HAFB are also struggling with uncertainty stemming from nervousness about future contracts.
For Davis County-resident Hansen and literally thousands of others in Utah, the thundering sound from HAFB also represents the sound of income.
Besides HAFB, the list of the state's aerospace partners is long and distinguished.
But the industry really began with the birth of HAFB, as an air depot in the 1930s.
During World War II, more than 22,000 employees worked at HAFB, with just under 16,000 of them civilians.
With 23,000-plus employees, HAFB
is the single largest employer in the state and the prime .mover in Davis and Weber counties.
As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, he has garnered enough support to save HAFB
through three rounds of base closures.