Hatch Votes for Defense Bill that Includes Francis Peak Land Conveyance and Hill AFB Construction
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet
(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes two significant provisions Hatch worked on that impact Utah. NDAA authorizes all budget expenditures for the Department of Defense. The NDAA includes a land transfer of the United States Air National Guard facility at Francis Peak from the federal government over to the State of Utah, which plans to use the structures to support emergency public safety communications such as 9-1-1 emergency response for Northern Utah. Also included in the NDAA is an authorization of funds to construct facilities at Hill Air Force Base critical to the housing and maintenance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet.
“Providing for the defense and security of our nation is one of the most important responsibilities Members of Congress have, and I was proud to vote today to ensure our Defense Department and Utah have the tools they need to fulfil their responsibilities to our nation,” Hatch said. “I’m especially grateful to House and Senate Leadership on the Armed Services Committees for including these two provisions important to Utah. By turning over the facility at Francis Peak to the State, we’re ensuring that Northern Utahns in emergency situations can get access to the emergency care they need. And the new construction at Hill will guarantee that the hardworking men and women at Hill have the state of the art equipment they need to service the state-of-the-art next generation aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.”