COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (WTVA)--The Columbus Air Force Base's Community Council has been active for many years helping in any way it can to assist the base.
Over the years, the council has stepped in many times to help out, but that help may never have been as needed as it is now.
"I'm Larry Cantrell, and it's my honor to be president of the Base Community Council."
Larry Cantrell is the Senior Vice-President of Cadence Bank in Columbus.
On Thursday, the Columbus Air Force Base's Community Council held a meeting for several reasons. One was to honor some of its contractors for work done well and within budget on the base runways.
"Those kinds of things have to get the folks in Washington D.C.'s attention that Columbus is that committed to making things happen," said Cantrell.
Since the Columbus Air Force Base was founded here in the 1940s, it's been a mainstay in the city for a number of reasons.
That's why the Base Community Council wants to ensure that the Air Force Base stays right where it is.
Officials say that includes keeping close contact with high-ranking government officials on the state and federal level to ensure that the base remains open in the future.
"One of the things when you talk about the Columbus Air Force Base, the first thing that comes up is the economic impact it has on the whole community and the whole area. It's a large impact. And the senators and ther representatives they understand that," he said.
It's all part of the way of how things are done at Columbus Air Force Base. But, it's a way of life the city doesn't want to see come to an end anytime soon.
"The thing you forget about Columbus, you just think it's an Air Force Base wtih Americans. There's people from all over the world that come here and train. And when they leave here, then they're among the elite. They're among the best because of Columbus," Cantrell said.
Columbus Air Force Base was founded in 1941 as a base to train world War Two fighter pilots.