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KI Sawyer AFB
Marquette County, Michigan
The Guardians of the North
K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base is a decommissioned Air Force base that was closed in 1995. Sawyer International Airport, the county airport, utilizes a portion of the former base. It was named for Kenneth Ingalls Sawyer, a local county commissioner at the time. He was the one who proposed an airport for the area.
The airport was built first in 1944 and was eventually leased to the Air Force in 1955. At first, the airport was shared by the county and the Air Force, but on 8 May 1959, the K.I. Sawyer AFB was officially opened for exclusive military use. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommended the base for closure in 1993 and it officially closed in September 1995. The Sawyer International Airport opened to passenger service in September 1999.
Some local residents have been interested in preserving the historical aspects of the former base and are collecting artifacts and various types of aircraft used here for their "Sawyer 6" project. During its time of operation, the AFB was home to many commands and major units, some of which were: Air Defense Command, Strategic Air Command and the Air Combat Command.
The number of housing units was:
1990 - 1,805 2000 - 1,659
Median household income:
2000 - $ 26,500
2008 - $ 28,160
Per capita income:
2000 - $ 10,029
2008 - $ 11,379
K.I. Sawyer AFB is located in the eastern time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.