Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson, 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
December 18, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Training and Simulation Association selected the F-35 Lightning II Training System for the 2014 Modeling & Simulation Award, here.The award recognizes the U.S. Air Force’s 33rd Fighter Wing, the F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin for delivering an effective, immersive training experience for F-35 pilots and maintainers. The F-35 team is one of six... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
December 18, 2014
The Hill Officers’ Spouses’ Club worked diligently on Dec. 1, to decorate The Landing for the holiday season. Around 10 volunteers gathered to complete this annual tradition of decorating. The Landing provided the decorations and Hill Officers’ Spouses’ Club volunteers put up trees, hung lights, draped garland, tied bows, put out seasonal plants, and hung ornaments. The Landing also provided... Read more
Defense Media Activity
December 18, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Air Force continues the phased implementation of its Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) changes with the convening of a master sergeant evaluation board scheduled for May 2015.Evaluation and promotion system changes, scheduled for implementation over the next 16 months for active-duty Airmen, are focused on ensuring job performance is the most... Read more
Janis El Shabazz, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
December 18, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Internal Revenue Service has announced increased limits for 2015 Thrift Savings Plan contributions.“The maximum contribution amount for traditional and/or Roth TSP will be $18,000; this is an increase from the elective deferral limits of 2013 and 2014, which was $17,500,” said Erica Cathro, an AFPC Human Resources Specialist. “Additionally, the maximum... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
December 18, 2014
More than 800 people from the Hill Air Force Base community enjoyed the Holidays on the Hill celebration.The Arts & Crafts building parking lot was filled with fun activities, treats, guests and more.Cheers of excitement rippled through the crowd as Santa and Mrs. Claus rode in on an Air Force fire truck to help Col. Ronald Jolly, 75th Air Base Wing commander, and children flip on the lights... Read more
Chaplain (Capt.) Jeremy Caskey, Hill AFB Chapel
December 18, 2014
When you think of Hanukkah what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you are an adherent of Judaism, you probably know what Hanukkah represents.But for those who do not, what do you think of? Do you think of Adam Sandler singing his Hanukkah Song or spinning dreidels, also known as tops, or do you think of something more? How did Hanukkah come about? In 168 B.C. the Greeks had... Read more
Maj. Gen. Mark Brown, 2nd Air Force, Master Sgt. Derik New, 2nd Air Force
December 18, 2014
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was when you knocked out George Foreman in 1974?” Ali shook his... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
December 18, 2014
The 2014 Airmen Cookie Drive was a huge success. Volunteers worked diligently to gather, bake, bag and deliver thousands of cookies to Airmen at Hill Air Force Base and others in the community. “The club was extremely accommodating and allowed us to bake and bag at the club,” said Karin Landrum, a spouse from the 388th FW who headed up this year’s event. “Through donations of cookies and... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
December 18, 2014
The Hill Air Force Base Gerrity Memorial Library hosted its Holiday Open House for the Hill community on Dec. 5.The staff hopes events like this one bring the community together and that everyone feels appreciated during this holiday season.The library transformed into a winter wonderland for families to explore and enjoy. Children were able to visit with Santa and have their picture taken while... Read more
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
December 18, 2014
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently directed a policy change in paycheck allotments which will prohibit service members from allotting pay to buy, lease or rent personal property.The prohibition includes allotments for the purchase or finance of vehicles, such as automobiles, motorcycles and boats; appliances or household goods, such as washers, dryers and furniture; electronics... Read more