Hill AFB is one of the leading employers in the state of Utah with 4000 civilian contractors, 13,000 civil servants, 1200 reservists, and 5500 active beauty soldiers. Residents on-base and off-base have ...
A military member assigned to the military base in Utah: U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), which lies in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert, will reside at a premiere site for testing U.S. and allied biological and chemical weapon defense systems.
Other than being an important and large area to conduct tests, it also serves as a training base for multiple military branches to prepare personnel for deployments in war zones.
This is an ideal assignment for those that like to be at a remote location, in a desert, surrounded by mountains and are inspired in helping to defend the U.S. military and support homeland security in carrying out weapons testing and experiments involving hazardous substances.
Newcomers assigned to DPG, unaccompanied or not, have a place to stay on base. Temporary accommodation is available at the Desert Lodge. Tip: Since there is a high demand for on-post housing, to secure a residence, contact Army Family Housing in advance. For relocation assistance and/or to know about what services are provided on base, be sure to call or stop by Army Community Services (in building 5124).
Those that have children will find child care and after-school programs available on base. School-age children can attend the Tooele County School District, which there is an elementary and high school located on base, but not a middle school; therefore, the child must go off base to Tooele Junior High.
Military dependents and/or spouses who accompany the service member to DPG are likely to find non-appropriated fund (NAF) jobs opportunities and positions open at the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) on base. The job unemployment rate in Utah is at 5.2 percent, which is ranked eighth lowest in the U.S. (BLS, 2012)
For family entertainment, take a trip to one or more of the five national parks in Utah, which are: Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion. There is also the option to go to the state’s largest zoo, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, which is located in Salt Lake City. In the winter season, there are plenty of ski areas.
The average annual temperature in Salt Lake City, Utah (located approximately 80 miles southwest of the U.S. Army base) is 64.0 °F. At DPG, it is said to be dry, semi-arid to desert climate.