The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) is as critical to Western New York's economy as it is to our nation's security. The base plays a vital role in our nation's military readiness and response capability, and provides security along our northern border. Brian remains committed to working with our partners in the local community and the New York Congressional delegation to protect and strengthen NFARS.
NFARS is strategically located three miles from the northern border and in the heart of the "Golden Horseshoe," which encompasses the area stretching from Western New York to Toronto and represents the third largest population area in North America. The base is Niagara County's largest employer with over 2,600 employees, and when coupled with on-base tenants, contractors, and dual service positions, it accounts for nearly 3,300 jobs and a total annual economic impact of more than $200 million.
We have made tremendous progress in strengthening the base. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 resulted in two major victories for NFARS. The legislation allows the Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing to transition to a new remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) mission, that could bring in hundreds of new jobs. Additionally, it included $6.1 million in funding for a new full-motion C-130 flight simulator to be built at the base. This will be the only C-130 flight simulator in the Northeast, serving six C-130 Airlift Wings across the Northeastern U.S. resulting in new jobs, and 400 military personnel coming to the area each year for training.