HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 75th Air Base Wing celebrated its top performers of 2014 during an awards ceremony Feb. 7 at The Landing. Top performers in several categories were honored during a “statuesque” event that included Hollywood-like red carpet treatment.
The 75th Air Base Wing at Hill Air Force Base also executes several cost-effective initiatives and strives to provide first-class support while improving cost efficiency.
“As a support wing, the current fiscal climate presents many challenges for us,” said Col. Kathryn Kolbe, 75th ABW and installation commander. “Some of our cost-saving measures originate out of pure necessity, but we also have very bright and dedicated military and civilian personnel who identify ways to accomplish the mission under budgetary constraints,” she said.
After more than 7 months of planning, base and local officials signed the first of what could become a series of community agreements aimed at creating efficiencies and cost-savings through mutually supportive partnerships.
Hill is one of more than a dozen agencies across the Air Force participating in an inaugural program — the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative — to explore cost-saving opportunities through partnerships and shared services with local communities, government agencies and the private sector.
There were tears of sadness, hope and love as an Airman accounted her personal experience with sexual assault.
A large group, including commanders, victim advocates and community agencies, gathered at a luncheon on April 18 to heighten awareness of sexual assault and the effects it has on the victim as well as those around them. The luncheon was the capstone event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
In 2013, Team Hill, along with the Department of Defense, faced several challenges related to fiscal concerns. Sequestration brought furloughs for civilian workers, and a government shutdown resulted when agreement could not be reached in time in Congress at the beginning of the government fiscal year.
Possibility of civilian furloughs confirmed
Confirmation of furloughs came March 11 when the Department of Defense’s Comptroller Robert F. Hale announced they were coming and discussed the furlough planning process with a Pentagon audience.
Col. Kathryn Kolbe, 75th Air Base Wing commander, awards Lt. Col. William M. Villegas II, a Bronze Star on Dec. 18. Villegas distinguished himself by exceptional meritorious service as a senior logistics advisor, mobile training team, Deputy Command-Support Operations, during Operation Enduring Freedom. He led 300 convoys and 178 missions to implement five logistics trainer courses on Afghan Ministerial Logistics Decrees resulting in nearly a thousand trained Afghan logisticians. (Alex R. Lloyd/U.S. Air Force)
Santa’s arrival was not delayed even with temperatures dropping and a cold breeze chilling revelers on Dec. 4.
The 75th Air Base Wing held its annual seasonal tree lighting event with plenty of cheer and hot chocolate for everyone who braved the cold.
Approximately 120 people attended and witnessed the Santa parade that departed from the BX to escort Santa to the tree lighting at Memorial Park across from the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Building 150.
While the parade was not long there was no shortage of proudly displayed seasonal festivity.
Hill Air Force Base served traditional Thanksgiving meals at various locations on base including the Hillcrest Dining Facility, The Landing and in Hangar 37. The Hillcrest Dining Facility served active duty and retired military members a Thanksgiving meal on the holiday. The 75th Air Base Wing held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at The Landing on Nov. 27 and the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal together Nov. 27 in Hangar 37.
A friend to the base was remembered by family, friends, community and military members at the Davis Convention Center on Dec. 4 as funeral services were held for Layton Mayor Steve Curtis.
Mayor Curtis had worked diligently with the base in many public-public/public-private partnerships in order to find solutions that benefitted the base and the community. He had recently been selected to receive the Team Hill Wingman Award in September.
Hill Air Force Base has been selected as the new home for the Air Force’s first operational F-35A Lightning IIs.
Air Force officials chose Hill AFB after a lengthy analysis of multiple locations’ operational considerations, installation attributes, economic, and environmental factors.