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H.C.R. 8






Sponsor: Martin R. Stephens

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

             28      continental United States location;
             29          WHEREAS, the 388th Fighter Wing of the Air Combat Command and the 419th
             30      Fighter Wing of the Air Force Reserve are both located at Hill Air Force Base and benefit from
             31      the Utah Test and Training Range;
             32          WHEREAS, the men and women of these two organizations employ the latest
             33      technology in their F-16 Fighters when called to support U.S. interests anywhere in the world
             34      and are currently involved with providing combat capability in the Middle East;
             35          WHEREAS, the 388th Fighter Wing forms the 1st Air Expeditionary Force and the
             36      419th Fighter Wing provides air power for the 7th Air Expeditionary Force;
             37          WHEREAS, if war with Iraq comes, Hill Air Force Base and the 388th and 419th
             38      Fighter Wings will be involved as they were with Operation Desert Storm and Operation
             39      Enduring Freedom;
             40          WHEREAS, during Operation Desert Storm, Hill Air Force Base deployed over 1,300
             41      personnel and over three million pounds of equipment to provide combat capability for the
             42      United States, which included personnel for medical support, security, civil engineers,
             43      communications, combat logistics support, services, and explosive ordinance disposal, besides
             44      aircrew and aircraft;
             45          WHEREAS, the depot surged components for all aircraft involved in the conflict,
             46      delivered six aircraft early from depot maintenance to be involved in the fight, and thousands
             47      of refurbished items;
             48          WHEREAS, as the ammunition control point, Hill Air Force Base managed the
             49      movement of over 71 million pounds of munitions worldwide, creating what was called an
             50      "iron bridge" from Hill Air Force Base to Saudi Arabia;
             51          WHEREAS, the same "around the clock" operation will be required for a future
             52      conflict;
             53          WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base supports the community as well as the national
             54      defense mission as hundreds are helped yearly through the Sub-for-Santa operations;
             55          WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base employees donate time to tutor students and support
             56      scouting, youth sports programs, and community church projects;
             57          WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base employees are also involved in local city government
             58      and other volunteer organizations and annually contribute almost a million dollars to charities;

             59          WHEREAS, for fiscal year 2002, the Ogden Air Logistics Center was the only center to
             60      finish operations on budget with the best efficiency and lowest operating costs in the Air Force
             61      Material Command;
             62          WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base provides jobs for over 22,000 people and has an
             63      impact of over $2.1 billion on the area economy; and
             64          WHEREAS, Hill Air Force Base and the men and women that make it produce are an
             65      invaluable part of the nation's defense posture, good neighbors in their communities, and an
             66      essential part of the state's economy:
             67          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             68      Governor concurring therein, express support and gratitude for the contributions that Hill Air
             69      Force Base, and those who serve there, have made and continue to make to the nation's
             70      defense, the state's economy, and the communities in which they live.
             71          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Hill Air Force
             72      Base, the Ogden Air Logistics Center, the Utah Test and Training Range, the 388th Fighter
             73      Wing, the Air Combat Command, the 419th Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Reserve.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-21-03 10:33 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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