By Rod Powers
Hill Air Force Base is an Air Force Materiel Command base located in northern Utah just south of the city of Ogden, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. Hill AFB is bordered by the colorful Wasatch Mountains on the east and overlooks the Great Salt Lake to the west. A great number of military members live in the surrounding towns. The Wasatch Valley is military friendly. Utah is known for the "Greatest Snow on Earth" in the winter and the best hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, biking and four-wheeling the rest of the year.
Hill is home to many operational and support missions, with the Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC) serving as the host organization. The center provides worldwide engineering and logistics management for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The base performs depot maintenance of the F-16, A-10 and C-130 Hercules aircraft.
The base was named in honor of Major Ployer Peter Hill of the U.S. Army Air Corps, who died test-flying a prototype of the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. In this decade Hill A.F.B. is still the sixth-largest employer in the state of Utah, and the third-largest one excluding the State Government and Higher Education employers.
Official website of Hill Air Force Base