In The Know for May 29th

In The Know for May 29th
By Hilltop Times staff
Hilltop Times Staff
June 5, 2014

Blood Drive 

planned Friday

MountainStar Health will hold a base-wide blood drive 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday in Bldg. 568 (Medical Training).

Those wishing to donate can make an appointment by going to the following link: Volunteers can choose from 15 minute time-blocks throughout the day. Donors should plan 60 minutes for the entire process.

Base-wide blood drives are held each month and are sponsored by either the American Red Cross or MountainStar. The drives for the rest of the year will occur on the following Fridays: June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. 

HAFB fighter wings conduct night flying

The 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will conduct night flying missions during a surge exercise Tuesday through June 5. Local residents may hear F-16s flying during the night hours as pilots continue to sharpen their night-time combat flying skills.

The active-duty 388th FW and Reserve 419th FW are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. A surge exercise also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate aircraft maintenance resiliency and operational agility.

The wings limit their night operations to what is required to remain proficient in night-flying training. When on the surge schedule, the wings will increase their normal day-to-day workload and conduct missions from approximately 6 a.m. until just before midnight.

For more information, please contact Richard Essary, Hill AFB Public Affairs, at 801-777-2284 or Kari Tilton, 419th FW Public Affairs, at 801-777-2713.

Group gives away $50 dinner cards

As a patriotic gesture to support the military and first responders, several Bountiful/Salt Lake City/Tooele area dealerships of the Performance Automotive Group, are giving away $50 dinner cards just for stopping by to say hello. The cards can be used at more than 18,000 participating restaurants nationwide.

The dealerships are doing this in conjunction with Thanks-A-Bunch for Keeping Us Safe, a non-profit 501c3 charity ( ). The giveaway began Friday and will last through Monday. The offer applies to active or retired military, or a police officer, firefighter or paramedic.

The following car dealers are participating: Toyota Bountiful, 2380 S. Main St., Bountiful; Performance Honda Bountiful, 2215 S. 500 W, Bountiful; Performance Ford Lincoln, 1800 S. Main St., Bountiful; and, Performance Auto Mall Tooele, 1041 N. Main St., Tooele.

Federal Women’s Lunch & Learn

The Federal Women’s Program will host free Lunch & Learn events June 12 and July 10 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Fellowship Hall at the Base Chapel (Bldg. 445).

On June 12, Mary Ann Clare will present “Ace the Interview.” On July 10, Deb Finn-Nokes will present “TSP and Other Retirement Strategies.”

State recognizes military heroes

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert signed HCR-1-S-01 “Call Your Military Hero Day” sponsored by Rep. Janice Fisher. 

The resolution designates July 3 as a day where people across the state are encouraged to reach out and take a personal interest in the lives of veterans and active duty military personnel.

“This is a way for us to continue saying thank you to those people who risk their lives for our freedom,” Fisher said. “For all veterans — men and women, young and old, in all branches of the military — the weight of war stays with you for life, and the weight of our gratitude should too. You never know what a small message of love and thanks can do for someone’s life.”

Commemoration needs volunteers

The Hill AFB Vietnam War Commemoration Committee is soliciting for additional personnel, military or civilian, to be a part of a committee responsible for organizing and executing events honoring Vietnam Veterans.

The commemoration is a 13-year Congressional initiative developed to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the U.S. and to thank and honor the families of these veterans. This is a long term commitment extending into 2015 and beyond. 

Personnel wishing to be involved as a committee member or a volunteer for future events need to contact Master Sgt. Kevin Hammer at 801-777-4139 or by email (preferred) at and/or 2nd Lieutenant Amy Polaneczky at 801-777-5684 or by email (preferred) at Please include a short narrative about yourself and how you would like to be involved for all email inquiries.

Additional information can be found at 

Volunteers sought for air show

The Team Hill Airshow Committee is seeking volunteers to help with the June 28-29 Warriors Over the Wasatch Airshow.

Volunteers are needed to: 

• Assist with the June 27 rehearsal activities

• Work shifts of 7 a.m.-6 p.m., June 28-29 during the airshow (some requirements can be broken from full day to half-day blocks)

• Do an early morning FOD walk on June 30 after the two-day airshow.

The volunteer help is needed with everything from security, parking and crowd control to helping with display aircraft and booths to helping at the Hill Aerospace Museum.

For more information or to volunteer, contact group level POCs or Senior Master Sgt. Curtis McGehee at 801-777-4539 or email

Questar begins work for pipeline

Questar Gas and National Pipeline will be potholing to identify underground utilities for a new pipeline that will run across the base.

This work will occur 8 a.m.-5 p.m., beginning June 8, and continue on the weekends of June 14-15, and June 21-22. No parking restrictions are anticipated during the work week, but there could be periodic parking area closures along the route. There could also be short term lane closures on the weekends along South Gate Drive, Balmer and Weiner Streets during the potholing effort.

For more information about this work, contact Dave Abbott, 75th Civil Engineer Squadron, at 801-777-5944.

CFC collecting books and movies 

The Team Hill Combined Federal Campaign committee is collecting gently used or new books and movies for an upcoming sale.

The donations will be accepted any time until June 13 at the following locations:

Bldg. 58 (Point of Contact: Master Sgt. David Rogala); Bldg. 570 (Master Sgt. Rachel Smith); Bldg. 1160, Bay 6 (Christine Ruiz); Bldg. 1205 (Master Sgt. Raul Gonzales); Bldg. 1206 (Brenda Christy); Bldg. 1213 (Jeni Hadden); Bldg. 1224 (Rachael Morse) and Bldg. 1289 (Nichole Hill, Andrea Lamar or Larry Lemmon).

The CFC Book & Movie Sale will be held June 18-19 at the Base Exchange’s Main Entrance from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will go toward administrative costs for the upcoming CFC. 

For more information about CFC, contact Brenda Christy at 801-777-7148.

Tops In Blue to perform here

Tops in Blue, the Air Force’s expeditionary entertainment unit, will perform here June 13.

The performance is planned at the Davis Conference Center, 1651 N. 700 West, Layton. The event is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required. Doors will open at 6:15 and the show will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

TOPS IN BLUE s one of the oldest and most widely traveled entertainment groups of its kind. Composed of 35-40 Air Force personnel selected in a multi-level competition, the group includes vocalists, musicians, dancers and technicians. Their primary purpose is to perform for military personnel and their families through the world.

The 2014 tour is a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of TOPS IN BLUE. This year’s tour will feature sounds of Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, Pink and others. The event will also showcase country music of artists like Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum and the Pistol Annies. There will also be patriotic music that honors the nation and its heroes.

Junior enlisted coffee talk events

A new coffee bar is now open from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Junior Enlisted Recreation Center (Bldg. 524) and coincides with a “coffee talk” event, held for junior enlisted Airmen to voice questions and concerns with installation leaders.

Fundraising regulations

Hill AFB organizations may conduct two fundraising events per quarter, but the events must be approved via staff summary sheet, in accordance with AFI 34-223-AFI 36-3101.

The 75 FSS/CL is the approving authority for all booster clubs or private organizations. 

Requests should be routed at least 10-15 days prior to the event. 

For more information, contact Monika Johns at 801-775-6793 or 

Immunizations requirements

The Department of Defense recently updated its immunization guidelines, requiring all service members to receive the hepatitis B virus immunizations.

The requirement for a hepatitis B vaccination began appearing on service members’ individual medical readiness lists on March 28.

Members have 365 days to complete the three-shot series before they are flagged for non-compliance.

The hepatitis B vaccine is given in three doses.

• Dose 1 is given.

• Dose 2 must be given at least 30 days after dose 1.

• Dose 3 must be given at least 60 days after dose 2, and at least 120 days after dose 1.

Commanders should ensure their Unit Health Monitors notify members of this requirement. Immediate action is recommended because it takes at least four months to complete the series. Service members can check their IMR status online by visiting the Air Force Surgeon Generals website at

—Hilltop Times staff


service offered

The Hill AFB Chapel is offering a new Protestant Community Worship Service at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 

A Children’s Club will be available during the service. 

For more information, call Chaplain (Capt.) Lukus Counterman at 801-775-4170.

Training days designated

The 75th Air Base Wing has designated the second Wednesday of each month as a “Training Day.” 

The training days schedule is June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. During these training days, the 75th Medical Group, including the base pharmacy, will be closed.

The only Medical Group exception is the Occupational Medicine Services (civilian) Clinic, Bldg. 249.

No changes will be made to the appointment process. 

Other ABW Organizations will be open, but with minimal staff. 

Customers are recommended to conduct business on other days of each month.

The Landing gets new hours

The Landing (Bldg. 450) has new hours.

The new hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. 

A pasta buffet will be offered every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $7. Club members save an additional $1.

Drug testing location moves

Drug testing is now at 5835 D Avenue, Bldg. 152, just south of the Mountain View Inn. It will no longer be across from the Hill AFB clinic.

This move has been under way for nearly three years.

Not only will the staff have the resources they need to conduct their mission, the building will provide customers with a more central location, decreasing time away from work for testing.

Drug Demand Reduction is a critical program to ensure the health and wellness of a fit and ready fighting force. 

Walk-in service ends at Tricare

The 75th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center closed April 1.

Walk-in service is no longer be provided CONUS impacting 200 TRICARE Service Centers stateside. 

This change is an effort by the Department of Defense to manage costs and is estimated to save $254 million over the next five years. 

Military members, their family members and all other TRICARE eligible beneficiaries are encouraged to utilize United Healthcare Military and Veterans toll free number at 877-988-9378 or their website at for all TRICARE related issues and questions.

Beneficiaries can perform all administrative tasks online or by phone. 

Hill’s Tricare office was run in concert with the base’s 75th Medical Group. The office was at 7321 Balmer St. Bldg. 570.

Beneficiaries can get more information and sign up for updates at or call 1-877-988-WEST.

HAFB movie

theater reopens

The Base Theater shows newly released movies for free. 

Three movies are shown every Saturday at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

There is a snack bar that helps support initiatives of the base’s First Four organization. 

Snacks are available for reasonable prices.

For more information, contact Evan A. Henslee, A1C at 770-508-8549 or

Fitness centers change in hours

Hours at the Warrior and Hess Fitness Centers are Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and holidays/family days from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Warrior Fitness Center offers a weight room, cardiovascular exercise equipment, universal equipment, saunas, racquetball courts, two basketball courts, a climbing wall and indoor running/walking track. 

The Hess fitness center offers an indoor pool, a basketball/volleyball court, racquetball courts, a family fitness area, a martial art room and an indoor tennis court.

Call 801-777-2762 for more information.

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