HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- A possible U.S. Air Force realignment won't impact Hill Air Force Base as much as state lawmakers first feared it would.
Earlier this year, the Department of Defense announced a plan that would result in millions of dollars in efficiencies across all levels of service.
The plan involved a proposal that would take program management positions associated with the F-22 and other weapons systems away from Air Force depots, such as Hill, and consolidate them at the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and several other federal lawmakers came out publicly against the proposal, saying it was an attempt to save money in the short term, but would abandon the Air Force's long-running efficiency policy of having program management and maintenance work done under one roof.
In May, lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz indicating concern over the proposal. The letter was signed by Hatch, Bishop and 11 other senators and congressmen.
In a letter to Hatch, the Air Force now says it has scrapped the realignment plans for the F-22.
"The F-22 product support integrator functions will transition to the Air Force from Lockheed Martin, and we will continue with the migration plan to the Ogden Air Logistics center," the letter reads.
Hatch said the decision is a step in the right direction.
"This not only makes the most sense from a technical standpoint, but it's the most efficient for taxpayers as well," he said.
"We still have a way to go to continue to work with the Air Force to ensure our depots are the most efficient and effective possible."
While the Air Force continues to look for ways to make daily operations more efficient, it's possible that jobs at Hill could be affected, although the Air Force will not offer any specifics on the matter.
"The Air Force is performing a review of the entire civilian work force in light of the announced efficiencies," reads a statement sent to the Standard-Examiner from the Secretary of the Air Force press desk at the Pentagon.
"We are taking a strategic look at the entire work force across all commands to ensure we have the resources in the right places to perform critical Air Force missions."