As Congress rushes to finish business for the year, it approved funding Wednesday for a variety of military projects in Utah.
Projects approved through a defense authorization bill and a stopgap funding bill to keep the government operating through the end of the year ranged from a federal land transfer at Camp Williams to a new fire station at Hill Air Force Base.
"Utah will be better off because of this funding, but more importantly our country will be safer and more secure, and our troops will get more of what they need and deserve," said Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
He said the transfer of federal lands to the state of Utah for the Utah National Guard at Camp Williams will help the Guard gain new missions or expand facilities more easily. Among other projects approved in legislation passed Wednesday, he said, are:
• $5.67 million for a three-bay fire station at Hill Air Force Base, which Bishop said will help further develop the east side of the runway.
• $5 million for an Automated Composite Technologies Manufacturing Center at Hill with contractor ATK. Bishop said it furthers the work of Hill's Ogden Air Logistics Center as a "center "center of excellence" for carbon fiber aircraft parts repair and manufacturing.
• $1.5 million for Utah State University work on small low-cost reconnaissance spacecraft components.
• $800,000 for Science, Engineering and Laboratory Data Integration at Hill. Bishop says SELDI helps the Ogden Air Logistics Center be more productive by eliminating duplicate spare parts and making technical data more accessible to depot workers.
• $1.6 million for a Tomahawk Missile Cost Reduction Initiative. Bishop said that will help Williams International in Ogden reduce missile engine production costs.
• $2.4 million to help Dugway Proving Ground make Lidar Radar improvements. Bishop said it will modernize Dugway's abilities to detect chemical and biological agents in its defensive testing work.• $1.6 million to the Utah National Guard for improved, longer-range radios for its Blackhawk helicopters.