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What are some facts about the Hill Air Force Base in Utah?

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Hill Air Force Base in Utah is located approximately 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, and it was founded in 1934 and named after Major Ployer Peter Hill, a United States Army Air Corps officer who died in a bomber crash while training. Hill Air Force Base was initially designed as a temporary location to support airmail delivery in the Salt Lake City area, but proved an adequate location for a permanent military operation.

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Although it was once a small-scale operation, Hill Air Force Base is one of the largest Air Force operation centers in the United States. It is also a jobs provider, and ranks as the sixth-largest employer in Utah and the third-largest source of federal employment in the United States.

The size and location of Hill Air Force Base makes it ideal for maintaining aircraft, testing weapons and housing Air Force crews. This base is home to the 75th Air Base Wing, which supports operations in the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. This complex is a large operations and management center for all activities related to aviation and defense. Its services include aircraft, weapons and missile production and launching, as well as software dissemination.

Hill Air Force Base contains several active units, including the 84th Combat Sustainment Wing, 309th Maintenance Wing, 508th Aerospace Sustainment Wing and 526th ICBM Systems Wing. At any time, more than 5,000 active duty soldiers, 1,200 reservists, 13,000 civil servants and 4,000 civilian employees are stationed at this base.

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