ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The effort to keep one of the region’s major employers open for the foreseeable future takes another step as the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff visits Scott Air Force Base.

At the invitation of Senator Dick Durbin, General Mark Welsh and other lamwakers will sit down with base staff and local leaders to talk about the support the base gets from its surrounding community.

“Part of the categories for the brack is community support,” says Southwestern Illinois Leadership Council Executive Director Ellen Krohne. “The communities around Scott Air Force base in the St. Louis region, in general, show all types of ways that they support Scott Air Force base.”

Krohne says community support will help determine which bases survive the next round of closures. She says Scott has a proven track record, winning last year’s Abilene Award.

“We demonstrated over 400 different types of support for the base,” says Krohne. “This year in our Abeline Award application, we highlighted our Scott Patriot program, which is a new program that helps the military identify military friendly business.”

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