Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: Local fighter wing receives overwhelming response from business community

Contact: Jo-ell Carson, Communications Director, at 608-443-1952 or 608-213-1799

Thursday’s Event to Showcase the Economic Impact of the 115th FW Projected to be Largest Business Event of the Summer

MADISON – The men and women of the 115th Fighter Wing will host the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Big Night Out. The interactive event with local business leaders is July 18, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Truax Field.

“The backbone of the Air National Guard is citizen Airmen who work in area businesses in addition to serving in uniform,” said Col. Jeff Wiegand, Commander 115th FW. “The continued support of the business community for these citizen Airmen both at home and abroad ensures our success.”

The event will allow attendees to view displays of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, inert munitions, the Truax Fire Department, security forces, a mobile medical unit, and an explosive ordnance disposal unit with a bomb defusing robot.

“The local annual impact of the 115th FW is more than $86 million employing nearly 1200 Airmen from Madison and the surrounding areas,” said Zach Brandon, president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. “Thursday’s event has had an overwhelming response and will be one of the largest business events of the summer. This is a tremendous show of support and recognition for the Fighter Wing and their contributions to our community, region and country.”

A brief program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with nearly 1,400 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 6,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, Madison businesses vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at