The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) is the last federal U.S. Air Force Installation in the State of New York and the largest federal facility in the region. The station is home to the 914th Airlift Wing and the 107th Airlift Wing, the 865th Support Hospital, 277th Quartermasters, the 1982th Forward Surgical Team, and 101st Cavalry.
Strategically located on the Canadian border between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, the base is currently home for 12 Lockheed C130 Hercules airlifters. These tactical aircraft are used around the world to support military and humanitarian missions. The base has a surge capacity of 26 aircraft.
Niagara Military Affairs Council’s Mission and Role
The mission of the Niagara Military Affairs Council (NIMAC) is to support the continued growth and prosperity of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. NIMAC serves as a liaison to promote communication between the base, the community, other local military units, business, and governmental.
In 2005, NIMAC led the charge to rally support against the Department of Defense recommendation to close the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Providing data of the importance of the Station, along with strong support of congressional, state, local leaders and the community. Over 126,300 letters of support from the community were collected, the most collected for any base in the nation. These efforts were rewarded when the Niagara Falls Air Base was removed from the closure list.
Air Station Major Influence in Niagara County Economics
The Niagara Air Reserve Station is the largest employer in Niagara County with over 3,500 full and part time part-time personal. The annual payroll is over $88 million and creates an economic impact of more than $168 million to the region.
Over the past fifteen years there has been over $200 million in improvements at Niagara ARS. Most of the construction efforts were by local contractors and local union workers.