HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah Ò After careful deliberation, base officials have decided not to host an open house and air show this year. It has been deferred until 2012. Team Hill looks forward to hosting a great community event next year. The base announced in January it would host the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Army Golden Knights the weekend of Sept. 24-25, 2011, but it will no longer do so for fiscal reasons. Given our current budgetary environment, I don’t believe it would be fiscally responsible for Hill Air Force Base to move forward with an open house and air show this year, said Col. Patrick Higby, 75th Air Base Wing and Installation commander. While these kinds of events are important for our service’s recruiting efforts showcasing our spectacular Airmen, strengthening community relationships, and a potential boon for the local economy, we have too many other unfunded priorities. The base last hosted an open house and air show in June 2009 during the final two days of Air Force Week Salt Lake City, a weeklong event featuring a series of speakers, performances and demonstrations across the Wasatch Front to showcase the Air Force’s mission and people. The open house and air show drew nearly 400,000 people to the base in 2009.
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