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H.C.R. 8 Enrolled






Sponsor: Martin R. Stephens

                  J. Stuart Adams                   This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor expresses support for Hill
                  Air Force Base and its employees for their support of the nation's defense, their positive
                  impact on the state's economy, and their influence in the communities where they live and
                  Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
                      WHEREAS, for over 60 years, Hill Air Force Base has played a vital role as a critical
                  support to the defense of the nation;
                      WHEREAS, the Ogden Air Logistics Center and its vast and unique industrial
                  capability provides life cycle and combat support for fighter aircraft, the U.S. silo-based
                  intercontinental ballistic missile force, C-130 transport aircraft, landing gear, wheels, and
                  brakes for all air force air craft, advanced cruise missiles, and munitions management and
                      WHEREAS, unique capabilities include one-of-a-kind Department of Defense
                  capability in Computed Tomography, Strategic Missile Integration Facility, world-wide
                  visibility of munitions storage, Advanced Composite manufacture and repair, a software
                  technology support center, the Little Mountain Survivability and Vulnerability Integration
                  Center, and the Oasis remote test and distribution site;
                      WHEREAS, the Utah Test and Training Range is the nations largest Department of
                  Defense controlled airspace with 17,000 square miles for test and training operations;
                      WHEREAS, the Utah Test and Training Range is the only test range for cruise missile
                  flight testing, is invaluable to the development of this critical technology, and provides for
                  overland training of aircrews from all over the Air Force that cannot be achieved at any other
                  continental United States location;

                      WHEREAS, the 388th Fighter Wing of the Air Combat Command and the 419th Fighter
                  Wing of the Air Force Reserve are both located at Hill Air Force Base and benefit from the Utah
                  Test and Training Range;
                      WHEREAS, the men and women of these two organizations employ the latest technology
                  in their F-16 Fighters when called to support U.S. interests anywhere in the world and are
                  currently involved with providing combat capability in the Middle East;
                      WHEREAS, the 388th Fighter Wing forms the 1st Air Expeditionary Force and the 419th
                  Fighter Wing provides air power for the 7th Air Expeditionary Force;
                      WHEREAS, if war with Iraq comes, Hill Air Force Base and the 388th and 419th Fighter
                  Wings will be involved as they were with Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring
                      WHEREAS, during Operation Desert Storm, Hill Air Force Base deployed over 1,300
                  personnel and over three million pounds of equipment to provide combat capability for the
                  United States, which included personnel for medical support, security, civil engineers,
                  communications, combat logistics support, services, and explosive ordinance disposal, besides
                  aircrew and aircraft;
                      WHEREAS, the depot surged components for all aircraft involved in the conflict,
                  delivered six aircraft early from depot maintenance to be involved in the fight, and thousands of
                  refurbished items;
                      WHEREAS, as the ammunition control point, Hill Air Force Base managed the
                  movement of over 71 million pounds of munitions worldwide, creating what was called an "iron
                  bridge" from Hill Air Force Base to Saudi Arabia;
                      WHEREAS, the same "around the clock" operation will be required for a future conflict;
                      WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base supports the community as well as the national defense
                  mission as hundreds are helped yearly through the Sub-for-Santa operations;
                      WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base employees donate time to tutor students and support
                  scouting, youth sports programs, and community church projects;
                      WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base employees are also involved in local city government

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                  and other volunteer organizations and annually contribute almost a million dollars to charities;
                      WHEREAS, for fiscal year 2002, the Ogden Air Logistics Center was the only center to
                  finish operations on budget with the best efficiency and lowest operating costs in the Air Force
                  Material Command;
                      WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base provides jobs for over 22,000 people and has an impact
                  of over $2.1 billion on the area economy;
                      WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base and the men and women that make it produce are an
                  invaluable part of the nation's defense posture, good neighbors in their communities, and an
                  essential part of the state's economy; and
                      WHEREAS, the state of Utah has spent over $12 million to secure and protect the air
                  space around Hill Air Force Base:
                      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
                  Governor concurring therein, express support and gratitude for the contributions that Hill Air
                  Force Base, and those who serve there, have made and continue to make to the nation's defense,
                  the state's economy, and the communities in which they live.
                      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Hill Air Force
                  Base, the Ogden Air Logistics Center, the Utah Test and Training Range, the 388th Fighter
                  Wing, the Air Combat Command, the 419th Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Reserve.

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