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  • Support networks bolster resiliency during stressful holidays

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- The holidays are a time of fellowship and joy for most, but for some
  • Hill in 2010s: Enhanced Use Lease Program

    As Hill AFB operations continued to expand in the 2000s, it became clear to installation leaders that an innovative solution was needed for infrastructure that could sustain mission growth. In the mid-2000s, a plan began to take shape and in 2007 the state of Utah showed its support for Hill AFB’s continued growth when the legislature created the Military Installation Development Authority, or MIDA, to manage state grants for infrastructure and highway improvements near federal installations.
  • 2000s: The F-22 arrives at Hill AFB

    Development of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, a single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft, originated in the early 1980s when the U.S. Air Force identified a requirement for an Advanced Tactical Fighter to replace the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Designers aimed to take advantage of new technologies, which included composite materials, lightweight alloys, advanced flight control systems, more powerful propulsion systems, and stealth capabilities. 
  • 2000s: Start of Ogden ALC’s low-observable composites workload

    As Hill AFB entered the 21st century, the installation employed 19,315 personnel – consisting of 4,975 military and 14,340 civilians. The Ogden Air Logistics Center headquartered 10 directorates, having not yet realigned to a wing structure, and the 75th Air Base Wing was still at that time assigned to the center. Fears of the “Y2K bug” were allayed as organizations across the base experienced no major hiccups in operations due to their preparations.
  • Hill AFB in the early 2000s: Operation Noble Eagle and the Global War on Terrorism

    After the multiple hijackings and subsequent attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center that took place on September 11, 2001, the national defense strategy abruptly switched gears, remarkably quickly given the gradual drawdowns in force levels and readiness after the 1991 Gulf War and the end of the Cold War. The United States had historically focused resources and attention on the former Soviet Union and more recently, a belligerent and expansionist Iraq. 
  • 1990s: Beginning of Ogden ALC’s A-10 workload at Hill

    Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the successful outcome of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990s, downsizing and reform condensed much of the U.S. Department of Defense throughout the mid- and late-1990s. Hill AFB was not immune from the effects of these DoD-wide initiatives. In particular, Defense Management Review Decision 908 tasked the Air Force to reduce depot capacity, use existing capacity more efficiently, and compete more work with private industry.
  • 1990s: Hill AFB and the Ogden ALC’s Navy F/A-18 workload

    Air Force Materiel Command awarded Hill AFB’s Ogden Air Logistics Center a modification, corrosion control, and paint contract for U.S. Navy F/A-18 aircraft on August 24, 1993. The $61 million, five-year contract resulted from negotiations in response to Defense Management Report Decision 908 and initially called for the maintenance of 244 aircraft that included a basic year and four one-year renewal options.
  • 1990s: Beginning of ICBM program inspections

    Strategic arms reduction continued as an important topic of discussion between the United States and its Cold War opponent, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, throughout the latter half of that conflict. A round of arms reduction negotiations began by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1982 resulted in the opposite of the desired outcome, however, and both nations increased participation in the arms race over the next several years.

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