HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Layton Mayor Steve Curtis has officially earned his wings.
Curtis was one of three Top of Utah residents recently named the top community supporters of Hill Air Force Base.
Curtis received the base's "Community Wingman Award," which is given out once a year by Hill officials to recognize members of the Top of Utah community for their outstanding support of Hill, its programs and its airmen.
Hill officials say Curtis -- a member of the Military Affairs Committee and the Utah Defense Alliance Committee, and a former honorary commander in the 388th Fighter Wing -- was a crucial voice of support within the Davis County Council of Governments in relation to the basing of F-35s at Hill.
Curtis said the F-35 is critical to the long-term sustainability of the base.
"Hill is just immensely important to not only the Top of Utah, but the entire state," he said.
"They employ over 20,000 people and are one of our main economic drivers, so to show them the community supports their mission is vitally important."
Peter Jenks, a congressional staffer for Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Brian Garrett, a retired Air Force reservist and director of Zions Bank's Military Relations, also received wingman awards.
The Wingman Award recipients were honored with a medal and personalized portrait, which will be displayed in Hill Aerospace Museum.