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May 31, 2013

News Briefs May 31, 2013

Hill AFB wins bigger F-22 Raptor assignment

The Air Force is throwing more fighter-jet maintenance at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

That could help insulate the base from future national defense budget cuts, and Rep. Rob Bishop said it means 200 more defense jobs for Utah.
The Air Force is announcing it will consolidate maintenance operations for the F-22 Raptor at Hill, taking some work from Lockheed Martin in Palmdale, Calif.

The Air Force said the consolidation will take 31 months, saving more than $16 million a year on redundant costs.

Bishop said the decision solidifies Hillís standing as the nationís premiere fighter depot. His district includes the air base.

Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker, commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, said it will maintain 36 F-22 Raptors by 2015, up from a dozen fighter jets now. AP

Lawmaker wants Memorial Day date changed

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa wants to move the date of Memorial Day to encourage more Americans to focus on honoring military service members.
The congresswoman from Hawaii was planning to introduce a bill May 30 changing Memorial Day from the last Monday of the month to May 30.
Hanabusa said, ìmany Americans have begun to celebrate the long weekend as the beginning of summer rather than honoring those who died courageously in battle.

The weekend is known for shopping and leisure activities as well as memorial services.

Hanabusa said the holiday was originally celebrated on May 30 until Congress changed the date in 1968.

She said she is carrying on the effort of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye from Hawaii, who advocated a date change during his career. AP




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