Hill Air Force Base is in Expansion Mode

Hill Air Force Base is in Expansion Mode

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Hill Air Force Base is getting a face lift.

Base officials say Hill is in expansion mode.

The Utah congressional delegation is doing its part to fuel the expansion. Senators Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch have secured 34 (M)million dollars for Hill in the Senate's military appropriations bill. That money will be used to expand the base's first-class Software Engineering Division and to address concerns about aircraft-battle damage-repair training and storage as the F/A-22 fighter jet comes online.

The bill also secured 25 (M)million dollars for a new runway at Dugway Proving Ground. While Utah senators secured nine-point-eight (M)million dollars to clear space on the base for future expansion.

The bill will now move to conference committee with the House.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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