FARMINGTON -- A letter of support drafted by the Davis County Commission to bring the F-35 squadron to Hill Air Force Base was approved Tuesday.
The letter will now be sent on to the Utah Defense Alliance, which is compiling information it can send to those U.S. Air Force representatives who are involved in making the decision.
"As the Davis County Commission we acknowledge the vital nature of the mission of Hill Air Force Base and the critical component of the fighter squadron in both protecting our freedoms as well as being a major piece in our local economy," Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said, reading the letter at the commission meeting prior to its adoption.
"As such, we support the efforts to bring F-35 squadrons to our community, to utilize our unmatched Utah Test and Training Range, to employ our stellar workforce, and to thrive in our 'best in the nation' economy," Petroff read.
The county supports the existing base and its functions, and strongly supports the basing of multiple F-35 squadrons at the base, the letter states.
"There is no better place than Davis County and the state of Utah, geographically and economically, to support and house the F-35," Petroff said.
"We strongly urge the USAF to select Hill Air Force Base as a receiving location for basing squadrons of the F-35," the letter reads.
The letter, addressed to Ms. Sheryl Parker at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, is signed "respectfully" by Petroff and Commissioners P. Bret Millburn and Louenda Downs.