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House panel OKs a resolution to add ‘Reagan’ to HAFB

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A House committee Friday approved a resolution that would add the name of the late President Ronald Reagan to Hill Air Force Base.

"I'm somewhat flattered that (bill sponsor LaVar Christensen, R-Draper,) would pick Hill Air Force Base," said Rep. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, whose district includes part of the base. "Hill Air Force Base has been an icon for northern Utah for many years."

The resolution couldn't actually change the name of the base, but it urges Congress to do so, since Hill is federal property.

Some members of the committee said they felt uneasy about the change because Reagan wasn't a Utahn.

"If you were from California, it would be appropriate," Rep. Larry Wiley, D-West Valley, said. "I have a hard time changing it to Reagan Hill Air Force Base when he didn't come from here."

Christensen said he would like to change the base's name to bring added prominence and permanence. Hill has been on a Pentagon list of potential base closings in recent years.

"This is a proposed enhancement, not a proposed replacement," Christensen said.