Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
September 3, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — During World War II, it was lips. Today, it’s tweets.The delivery method has changed, but unguarded talk is still a concern in the military.By giving a 21st-century treatment to a classic World War II propaganda poster, the U.S. Air Force’s Central Command is telling Airmen to be careful about what they post on social media channels.The command recently created an advisory... Read more
2ND LT. CYNTHIA MCGRATH, 633rd Air Base Wing Legal Office
September 3, 2015
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Scams aimed at taking advantage of U.S. military members are nothing new. However, one such scam, “bird-dogging,” has re-emerged as a threat to service members’ financial security.Bird-dogging refers to the act of soliciting sales for a third party; it is illegal both on and off base. For example, bird-dogging occurs when a person serves as an unlicensed car... Read more
ANGELA WOOLEN, 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
September 3, 2015
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The stories tell the same tales. The destruction Hurricane Katrina left when it made landfall Aug. 29, 2005, was immense. Now 10 years later, Robins team members are sharing their stories of what it was like during and after the storm.“The devastation was unbelievable,” said Marty Cain, 78th Air Base Wing legacy systems maintainer, who traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
September 3, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Brig. Gen. Steven Bleymaier takes control of Hill Air Force Base’s depot maintenance arm at a pivotal time in the base’s history.The change in command comes as the base’s two fighter wings make last-minute preparations to welcome the first Air Force combat version of the F-35. The team Bleymaier will helm — a group made up of 8,100 employees — has been performing maintenance... Read more
September 3, 2015
Q: In the last two weeks I have witnessed three near-accidents on Wardleigh Road. These incidents involved a grounds maintenance person driving a riding mower on Wardleigh Road in the hours of darkness with no headlights, brake lights or any lighting at all on one of the mowers. None of the drivers had on any PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) on either, such as helmets. In one of the incidents... Read more
September 3, 2015
FORT LEE, Va. — Ten years ago on Aug. 25, Hurricane Katrina began its historic path of destruction through the Gulf Coast, making landfall near Miami. When its rampage through southeast Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Georgia was done, Katrina would become one of the five deadliest hurricanes and the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, causing nearly 2,000 deaths,... Read more
September 3, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force released a policy memo on Aug. 24 allowing Air Force civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault to file restricted and unrestricted reports with their installation’s sexual assault response coordinator.The policy is effective immediately and allows SARCs and sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates to assist Air Force civilians who report... Read more
September 3, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Ogden Air Logistics Complex Business Development and the 526th Electronics Maintenance Squadron personnel are saving the Air Force more than $12 million by overhauling and restoring the aging Munitions Handling Unit-110/M.The MHU-110/M munitions trailer is a 10-wheeled flatbed carrier capable of transporting up to 15,000 pounds of munitions. Included with the MHU-110/M are... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
September 3, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hampered by software issues and at one point rumored to be years away from becoming operational, the gun on the F-35A is ready to fire, the Pentagon says.Joe DellaVedova, public affairs director for the Pentagon’s F-35 Program Office, said the gun on the Air Force version of the jet fired 181 rounds from its four-barrel, 25 millimeter Gatling gun during ground tests at... Read more
John Parker, Tinker Air Force Base staff writer
September 3, 2015
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Standing up the nation’s first operational F-35 Lightning II fighter squadron on schedule would not have happened without the hard work and expertise of the 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group’s F135 engine team, a top program official said.Rear Adm. Randolph L. Mahr, deputy executive officer of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, addressed about 60 mechanics,... Read more

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