Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
May 21, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — While the Department of Defense’s active-duty force will likely shrink as a whole by September 2016, the Air Force is getting a nice bump in the opposite direction.If the Fiscal Year National Defense Authorization Act is approved, it would reduce the overall size of America’s current active-duty military by more than 12,000 members. The NDAA authorizes the DOD’s active-duty... Read more
Maj. Gregory Kantz, 374th Airlift Wing
May 21, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a first-person account by a C-130H Hercules aircrew member who landed in Kathmandu, Nepal, just moments before a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25.KATHMANDU, Nepal — We were tasked with taking an 11-man special forces team from Kadena Air Base, Japan, to Kathmandu, Nepal, for a training exercise. After being cleared by air traffic control, we... Read more
Bill Orndorff, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
May 21, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A lifetime of casual fishing paid off for a Hill AFB sergeant in April as he placed fifth out of 137 anglers in the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society Nation Western Divisional tournament.Senior Master Sgt. Davick Hansen, superintendent of the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group Depot Maintenance Squadron, was also named the Utah state champion. He caught 12 largemouth bass,... Read more
Rachel J. Trotter, Hilltop Times Correspondent
May 21, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Cartoonist Cal Grondahl has always wanted to try to do some different things with his artistic talents, so when he found himself with more time on his hands in January 2014, he decided to start pursuing some of those interests.So he paired his love of the Hill Aerospace Museum with his love of art, and now many children are benefiting from it at Cal’s Coloring Corner every... Read more
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command Commander
May 21, 2015
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — It was nearly 150 years ago that our nation first observed a day of remembrance for those who died in service to the United States of America.Over the years, more than 1 million American Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and Airmen have given their lives in defense of our great nation. We owe our freedom and a true debt of gratitude to the service... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
May 21, 2015
HOOPER — Mark Vigil wants the memories of how his son lived his life to outweigh the thoughts of how it ended.Vigil’s son Miles died by suicide in late 2010 after struggling with severe post-traumatic stress disorder that followed a tour of duty with the Army in Afghanistan. Since his son’s death, Vigil has been on a crusade to raise both money and awareness for military-induced PTSD, suicide and... Read more
Airman First Class Ryan Conroy, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
May 21, 2015
POPE ARMY AIRFIELD, N.C. — Three special tactics combat controllers were awarded the Air Force Cross and two Silver Star medals earlier this month, for extraordinary heroism and gallantry in the face of danger while on a deployment to Afghanistan in September 2014.The Airmen, all from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, were recognized for their superior integration of air and ground power against... Read more
Richard Essary, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
May 21, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Adrian Cronauer, the real-life Air Force sergeant and radio disc jockey who was played by actor Robin Williams in the 1987 film “Good Morning Vietnam,” once said, “The American Flag represents all of us, and all of the values we hold sacred.”The quote is what inspired Phil Ludos, a security specialist with the 309th Commodities Maintenance Group, to design the 2015 Hill Air... Read more
Rick Sanchez, 75th Force Support Squadron
May 21, 2015
Hill Air Force Base employees and supervisors will be introduced to the Employee Compensation Operations and Management Portal, or ECOMP, on June 1.ECOMP is a free, web-based portal for the electronic filing of key Federal Employee Compensation Act claim forms managed by the Department of Labor. This system replaces the current Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI, System.The Department of Defense... Read more
Micah Garbarino, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
May 21, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen from across the country recently completed the Combat Hammer weapons evaluation at Hill Air Force Base and the Utah Test and Training Range May 8-14.“If you enjoy watching action movies, you get to see that real world and live,” said Maj. Jonathan Reid, deputy director of operations for the Utah Test and Training Range. “It’s an opportunity to see everything work as... Read more

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