January 27, 2020
To the Portsmouth High School Class of 1970:
As the Executive Director of the Pease Development Authority, I welcome all members of the Portsmouth High School Class of 1970 back to the City of Portsmouth in August of 2020 for your 50th Reunion!
While the Pease Development Authority did not exist in 1970, Pease Air Force Base did and I am sure many of you have ties to and memories of the property that is now the Pease International Tradeport and the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. As the City of Portsmouth has grown and changed over the past 50 years, so too has Pease since the closure of the Air Force Base in the early 1990’s. The Pease Tradeport is now home to a large number of diverse companies and businesses that employ upwards of 10,000 people in a wide variety of professions. The Pease Golf Course, where I understand some of your Reunion events will be held, is one of the premier golf courses in the region. The Portsmouth International Airport at Pease has demonstrated sustained growth over the years and provides a base for commercial and private air carriers, as well as serving as the home of the New Hampshire Air National Guard and the 133rd Air Refueling Squadron. In short, Pease serves as a commercial, transportation, and recreational hub for the City of Portsmouth and the entire seacoast region.
Congratulations and welcome back! I encourage you to take a little time to visit Pease when in town this summer!