VPP – a Star focus

June 6, 2013

Approximately 40 program managers from across Team Hill received training from the DoD Center for Excellence in OSHA assessment training. William Leipprandt and Janet Nixon, Concurrent Technologies Corp.’s principal safety professionals, conducted the training sessions June 4-5.


Nicholas Call, with the 309th Maintenance Wing MX/SG, explained his interest in the course. “I think (Voluntary Protection Programs) is a great program.

Hill AFB Exchange offers pricing parity

February 28, 2013

Whether service members are here at Hill, on exercise or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide.

The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally.

Commander's Log: Potential civilian furloughs

February 28, 2013


As many of you have likely heard or read by now, Secretary of Defense Panetta notified Congress that civilian employee furloughs may occur if budget sequestration takes effect March 1. Civilian employee furloughs, if enacted, would begin late April, following a 30-day notice.

Panetta memo deals with possible sequestration effects

December 27, 2012

WASHINGTON -- While many remain hopeful that Congress and the administration will reach a deal that avoids sequestration, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a memo describing the potential implications of going over the fiscal cliff.

Planning for the effects of an across-the-board cut in defense spending as part of the Budget Reduction Act of 2011 "is only prudent," said DoD officials. Under the law, the reductions are due to take place Jan. 2.

DoD prepares for possible sequestration

December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3.

"We are at the very start of this process," said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon press availability in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5. "We don't have all the details firmed up. Naturally, we hope very much that sequestration will be avoided and we don't enter that phase."

Air Force to offer online training site for contracting professionals

July 19, 2012

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- When officials launched the Air Force Contracting Learning Center SharePoint site July 12, it culminated efforts to provide contracting professionals with a single entry point for continuous learning.

Per DoD Instruction 5000.66, contracting professionals must accumulate 80 continuous learning points every two years. The learning center, which is accessible at https://cs.eis.af.mil/airforcecontracting/training_repository/default.aspx, will facilitate meeting that requirement.

New choice in moving assistance

May 3, 2012

You've heard it before: First thing you do when you get your orders is to see the Traffic Management Office (TMO). Your tickets, when you give notice to your landlord and several other things hang on getting your TMO funding in place.

Commentary: Small business - making a difference in America

April 26, 2012

Our Commander in Chief President Barak Obama was once quoted as saying, "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our communities (2011)." The belief in America's small businesses is certainly not new and has been a sentiment held by past administrations. There is a clear message that has been sent that illustrates the need for the Department of Defense and service agencies to engage small business and maximize opportunities accordingly.

Reducing energy demand increases effectiveness, official says

February 2, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department's announcement of $18 million to fund six military programs designed to reduce energy demand is primarily about increasing military effectiveness, a senior Pentagon official said.

"The real reason to do this is for military effectiveness to give our forces better tools, better capability and less risk," said Sharon E. Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs.

Defense bill includes pay, separation bonuses

January 5, 2012

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama today signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act on Dec. 31, which increases active-duty and Reserve pay by 1.6 percent and governs Defense Department activities, from procurement to military personnel policy.

Several provisions in this year's act will potentially affect active-duty and retired service members and their families.

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