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Air Force to shift Florida weapons squadron to Hill AFB in Utah

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Air Force plans to transfer a unit that evaluates bombs and other weapons to Hill Air Force Base in Utah from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The Standard-Examiner reports that the service concluded that the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron should be relocated because most of the Air Force’s evaluations of air-to-ground weapons are conducted at Hill at the Utah Test and Training Range, but most of the personnel are assigned to Eglin.

According to an Air Force memo, the relocation will better align manpower with workload, decrease temporary duty costs and increase combat readiness.

F-16 Fighting Falcons from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, and F-35s from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, train together in Korea in December 2017 to test the capabilities of the fifth-generation aircraft during integrated flight operations. (Tech. Sgt. Josh Rosales/Air Force)
Hill AFB gets ready to put the hammer down

Air Force F-35s from Utah and F-16s from New Mexico and South Korea will conduct a large training exercise this week in Utah, which will be followed by the 11-day Combat Hammer weapons evaluation.

Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah said the relocation will shift 55 military jobs to Hill and eventually create dozens of civilian and government contractor jobs.

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