The size and impact of Arizona’s military industry is often overlooked. While copper, cotton, cattle, and citrus are well-known staples of the economy, the military usually doesn’t get mentioned.
In the past few decades, Arizona’s continued growth and development have lessened the gap between military-base proximity and civilian areas. A robust economy in Arizona not only opens up opportunities for civilians to work on military installations, but it increases the amount of money that the Arizona economy receives from military spending.
Manufacturing is one of Arizona’s most important industries. Electrical, communication and aeronautical items are among the products produced. Military personnel, in transition, should have the needed skills and experience to compete for available jobs in almost every industry and level.
Camp Navajo is a huge United States Army storage depot and training facility located near Flagstaff and Belmont Arizona. Spanning over 44 square miles, the base is primarily used the Arizona Army National Guard. It’s presently one of the most important training facilities serving the National Guard and United States Army Reserve. Camp Navajo facilitates training for units of the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. It’s massive size allows it to facilitate large-scale training operations with units up to the size of full battalions.
Strategically located in Cochise County, the base is only 15 miles from the Mexican border. The basis is located in the city of Sierra Vista and is a major hub of Unites States Army intelligence, communications and technology training. Nearby Libby Airfield shares operations with the military base. While it was never used, Libby Airfield served as a backup landing strip for America’s space shuttles. Considered a national landmark, the base has also gained notoriety for being home to the United States Army Electronic Warfare School Army Security Agency Test and Evaluation Center.
Yuma Proving Ground is yet another huge military installation that covers 3400 square km. Located on the Southern side of Arizona, it holds the distinction of being one of the widest military bases in the world. The Proving Ground is where the Army tests some it most sophisticated military weaponry. It’s the testing range for almost every weapon that found in the world. The base employs more than 3000 civilian personnel to maintain and improve its facilities.
The magnitude of military operations that take place at the Yuma Proving Ground is amazing. More than half a million rounds of missiles are taken each year. Over 35,000 parachutes are dropped, and military vehicles are tested and put through their paces in over 300,000 km of terrain. During the Korean and Vietnam wars, the military cloned Southeast Asia village and roads to train soldiers. Soldiers deployed in these war theaters were well-trained and knew what to expect from day one. The landscape was also cloned for soldiers who were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives were saved due to proper training.