Southport is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Friday with a commemorative dedication at the military flight-training centre.
Southport began operations in 1992 when it assumed the airport, buildings and infrastructure from CFB Portage la Prairie. The base was faced with closure, but local citizens rallied to keep it open.
KF Aerospace is now contracted to carry out military flight training at Southport.
Premier Brian Pallister is among the dignitaries scheduled to speak at Friday's ceremony, which starts at 10:30 a.m.
Southport has invested almost $100 million in new facilities and services. The not-for-profit company employs more than 570 people. It has 188 residential units, a golf course and fitness facility, and trains more than 300 students each year.