Protecting Sheppard: Partners In Freedom - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Protecting Sheppard: Partners In Freedom

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and right now a group of civic leaders is working to make sure Sheppard Air Force Base knows how valuable it is to the Texoma community. With Defense budgets being slashed, this group wants to do all it can to keep Sheppard far from the chopping block.

The numbers on SAFB's impact speak for themselves. In the 2005 BRAC round - where the Military decides what assets stay or go at a base - Sheppard lost a medical training program. That added up to a 48 million dollar loss for Texoma in 2009. Civic leaders formed the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee to work to prevent any more losses.

The Committee says Sheppard's ties run deeper than you may think. "Without Sheppard and the number of people they employ, we wont have the businesses, the grocery stores and the restaurants we have now simply because we wouldn't have the population to demand those entities in our communities," said Kay Yeager, SMAC Chair.

Sheppard's presence in Texoma accounts for 20% of the economy. That 20% adds up to a $1B dollars a year for Texoma. $1B dollars that wouldn't be there if the Defense Department ever decided to close Sheppard. The Committee says that is a possibility, one they want to avoid.

There are several levels of membership at which a business can donate. The SMAC is a non profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

To find out more information on partners in freedom, head to the program's web site here.

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Camp Fire Candy is on sale now

    Camp Fire Candy is on sale now

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:08 PM EST2018-01-18 23:08:06 GMT
    It's time to get out those wallets and get excited because Thursday was the kick-off for Camp Fire Candy sales. (Source: KAUZ)It's time to get out those wallets and get excited because Thursday was the kick-off for Camp Fire Candy sales. (Source: KAUZ)

    It’s time to get out those wallets and get excited because Thursday was the kick-off for Camp Fire Candy sales. 

    It’s time to get out those wallets and get excited because Thursday was the kick-off for Camp Fire Candy sales. 

  • Gas is cheapest in Texas for now

    Gas is cheapest in Texas for now

    Thursday, January 18 2018 5:52 PM EST2018-01-18 22:52:37 GMT
    As of January 18, Texas is ranked as the state with the lowest statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas, according to AAA Texas.(Source:RNN Texoma)As of January 18, Texas is ranked as the state with the lowest statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas, according to AAA Texas.(Source:RNN Texoma)

    As of January 18, Texas is ranked as the state with the lowest statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas, according to AAA Texas.

    As of January 18, Texas is ranked as the state with the lowest statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas, according to AAA Texas.

  • Sheppard AFB busiest joint-use airfield in Air Force

    Sheppard AFB busiest joint-use airfield in Air Force

    Thursday, January 18 2018 5:40 PM EST2018-01-18 22:40:38 GMT
    Sheppard AFB can now officially call itself the busies joint-use airfield in the Air Force. (Source: RNN Texoma)Sheppard AFB can now officially call itself the busies joint-use airfield in the Air Force. (Source: RNN Texoma)

    Sheppard Air Force Base has always been considered a busy airfield, but now it can officially be called the busiest joint-use air-field in the Air Force. 

    Sheppard Air Force Base has always been considered a busy airfield, but now it can officially be called the busiest joint-use air-field in the Air Force. 

Powered by Frankly