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The Airport is located in the villages of Ashwaubenon and Hobart, just on the outskirts of the City of Green Bay. Under the Airport Code GRB, Austin Straubel International Airport serves Brown County and dozens of other counties across northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Lt. Col. Austin Straubel was the first aviator from Brown County to lose his life in World War II. On February 3, 1942, after serving in the United States Army Air Corp. for 13 years, Lt. Col. Austin Straubel died during a bombing mission over the Pacific Islands.
The Brown County Board of Supervisors signed a resolution on March 20, 1946, to name Brown County's new airport Austin Straubel Field to honor the dauntless courage, devotion to duty, and self-sacrifice of Lt. Col. Austin Straubel.
For an airport, the designation international is not necessarily related to flight activity. An airport earns the title of international when U.S. Customs offices operate on the premises. Austin Straubel International Airport received this designation in 1988 when U.S. Customs opened their offices within the main terminal.
As a self-funded enterprise with an $12.1 million operating budget, Austin Straubel International Airport has no impact on the tax levy of Brown County. But it does have an impact on the economic growth and quality of life throughout northeastern Wisconsin.
Austin Straubel International Airport could be called the economic doorway to northeastern Wisconsin, providing job opportunities for more than 2,000 people and contributing more than $120 million to the regional economy.
Austin Straubel International Airport serves the citizens and business community of Brown County and Northeast Wisconsin by operating the facilities necessary to support commercial and general aviation activities.
The Airport is currently served by five major airlines with six direct service cities making connections available to any destination in the world. In addition, the airport is host to a multitude of support businesses such as a parking facility, car rental agencies, restaurant/lounge, hotel, fixed based operators, gift shops, air freight companies, and customs house brokerage.
Austin Straubel International Airport is also a regional base of operations for the Transportation Security Administration serving the northern half of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.