WASHINGTON, D.C. – Utah’s two senators and Rep. Rob Bishop are lauding Senate and House approval of funding for a new F-35 stealth fighter jet maintenance hangar at Hill AFB.
The three federal officials repeatedly pushed the for a reprogramming of funded needed for the project. That came after original funding in the 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act was removed in the Omnibus Bill, a press release from Hatch’s office said.
The Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Committee on Appropriations, the House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations Committee all had to weigh in positively on the proposal.
Now the Air Force can begin construction of the complex, the release said.
‘Hill AFB is a shining star in the Air Force and this new facility will ensure the hard-working personnel on the base have the resources they need to maintain the military’s next generation aircraft,” Hatch said.
“There’s much more work to do and I look forward to working with our congressional delegation and state and military leaders to continue to ensure Hill remains a world-class facility,” he said.
Bishop said efforts will continue to seek approval of a new fire station to be located strategically to support the F-35 and other base infrastructure, Bishop said.