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February 6, 2014

Mass transit solution for Hill AFB

Utah Transit Authority will hold a public hearing on Feb. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Clearfield Community Art Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 140 E. Center St. and an Open House and Information Fair on Feb. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Base Theater.

These open forums are designed to receive public comment on additional mass transit solutions for Hill AFB personnel.



Deployed bandsmen calm troops during mortar attack

January 30, 2014

AL UDEID, AIR BASE, Qatar — Sirens screaming in the night alerted airmen to take shelter in protective concrete bunkers during an enemy mortar attack. Forward-deployed members of the Air Force Central Command Band waited with fellow wingmen for the ‘all clear’ signal when one airman requested a song.



250 aerospace positions move to Ogden airport

January 30, 2014

OGDEN — The good news is that approximately 250 new, high-paying aerospace engineering jobs are coming to the Ogden area. The not-so-good news? They’re already filled.

In what appears to be a wash in terms of the Top of Utah job market but a major gain for Ogden City, defense contractor Northrop Grumman is set to establish a facility at the Ogden-Hinckley Airport’s Kemp Gateway Center this spring.



Force shaping board to convene in July

January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will convene a fiscal 2014 Force Shaping Board here July 14 to consider eligible officers within competitive categories for continued retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 27.

Categories include line of the Air Force, LAF-judge advocate, biomedical sciences corps, dental corps, medical service corps and nurse corps.



Hill Air Force Base holds blood drive

January 30, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hill Air Force Base hosted a blood drive Friday, Jan. 24 in the Medical Training Facility. Many participants used the online sign-up system to prepare for this event.

Through this online sign-up system, they were able to choose a convenient time slot for their schedule. This not only made the process convenient for those donating, but it also made it easier for the staff to quickly help people prepare for donation.



FitFamily provides families tools for success

January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination.

To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. More than 20,000 family members participate in the FitFamily initiative, launched Jan. 30, 2010 as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.



Falcon Hill construction to carry on in 2014

January 30, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park developer began construction here Jan. 21 on another commercial building for the largest Enhanced Use Lease project in the Air Force.

The project is the first to use a purely commercial model and will bring additional jobs and revitalized infrastructure to Hill Air Force Base including new buildings, roads and utilities.

Sunset Ridge Development Partners, the primary developer, has completed three major construction projects to date.



Lawmakers work to create Vietnam Veterans Observance Day

January 30, 2014

LAYTON — When many Vietnam veterans returned from war, they were mocked, alienated and in some cases, even spit on by their fellow Americans.

While those wounds and the ones received in battle may never completely heal, some local Vietnam veterans say state lawmakers have a chance to provide a symbolic atonement of sorts at this year’s legislative session.

A bill has been introduced by Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, that if passed, will establish an official Vietnam Veterans recognition day in Utah. House Bill 275 would make March 29 Vietnam War Memorial Day.



Fitness center to open around the clock

January 30, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Good news for fitness lovers at Hill Air Force Base — the Warrior Fitness Center is now accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fitness Center Director Carey Karger said the base recently received authorization to implement an after-hours fitness access program, which allows for unstaffed facility usage after normal hours of operation.



June officer RIF board to offer voluntary separation pay

January 30, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will convene an officer reduction in force board June 16 to evaluate eligible officers for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 27. Officers who meet the RIF board and are not selected for retention must separate by Jan. 31, 2015.

RIF is among several fiscal 2014 force management programs that have been or will be implemented to help achieve manpower and force structure goals as the service focuses on 2015 and beyond, said Lt. Col. Rick Garcia, the AFPC retirements and separations branch chief.

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