Ft. Stewart, located just outside of the Savannah MSA, and Hunter Army Airfield generate substantial economic activity in the Savannah CSA.
Ft. Stewart and Hunter AAF have an annual financial impact of $4.9 billion. Fort Stewart is the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River and covers nearly 279,000 acres with another 6,000 acres at Hunter Army Airfield.
Ft. Stewart and Hunter AAF together are one of Coastal Georgia’s largest employers. The ratio of military to civilian employees is approximately five to one, with 20,000 officers and enlisted military and 4,100 civilians employed at both installations. Ft. Stewart accounts for nearly three-fourths of the military employment in the area.
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The Savannah Air National Guard Base is at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Based there are the 165th Airlift Wing, and the Air Dominance Center. Located at Hunter Army Airfield is the Georgia Air National Guard’s 117th Air Control Squadron. The 165th’s mission focus is Air Mobility – flying the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft – delivering global air transportation of equipment and supplies during times of war and natural disasters. The mission of the 117th, having just deployed most of 2018, is focused around providing air control (radar) services for combat air operations.
The Air Dominance Center (ADC), a Combat Readiness Training Center, plays host to units from across the country benefiting from the tremendous airspace and facilities supporting the world’s most technologically advanced fighter aircraft. The ADC also supports many national level DOD conferences annually. The direct expenditures of 165th Airlift Wing are $69 million, 60% of which is compensation and allowances to military and civilian personnel. In 2018, the total economic impact was $118 million.