Utah Delegation Insists Restructuring Threatens EUL Project at Hill AFB
Utah’s governor and entire congressional delegation said they were particularly troubled about the potential for the recently announced Air Force reorganization to jeopardize the Falcon Hill enhanced use leasing (EUL) project at Hill Air Force Base, according to a letter they sent last week to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley.
The Air Force’s restructuring could severely undercut the long-term viability of the Falcon Hill EUL, a project in which the state has invested $20 million, Gov. Gary Herbert (R) and the five federal lawmakers wrote.
“That investment now stands at risk through what appears to be an impetuous Air Force reorganization scheme that could reduce demand for Falcon Hill, thereby jeopardizing the future modernization of Hill AFB facilities and infrastructure. To announce your plan, and not to have considered these potential negative impacts on Falcon Hill and Hill AFB modernization, is most disappointing and irresponsible,” they stated.
Last week, Air Force Materiel Command said it planned to convert air logistics centers at Robins AFB, Ga., Tinker AFB, Okla., and Hill to air logistics complexes. Command staffs along with two-star general officer positions at each center would be eliminated, with oversight for depot maintenance and weapons system program management transferred to a new office at Tinker, reported the Warner Robins Patriot.
The state officials urged the Air Force to postpone the reorganization until a formal business case analysis, including a review of how the Falcon Hill project would be harmed, is completed.