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Ruby Price, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, visited Hill Air Force Base Dec. 17, where she met with Col. Ron Jolly. 75th Air Base Wing commander. Price shared stories from her past. “I love Hill Air Force Base....I feel like Hill Field is my home. If I could live up here I would,” she said. Price, a native Texan, was an instructor at Hill AFB during World War II and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Traveling by train from Texas, she joined the war effort after her brother, her “hero” was killed in combat. Since then, she’s called Utah her home, serving the base and the surrounding community as a teacher and on several state and local advisory boards for diversity and education. Jolly honored the Texan in Price with yellow roses and told her he was grateful for her service.
ALEX R. LLOYD/U.S. Air Force
Maj. Jayson Rickard, a reservist in the 466th Fighter Squadron, takes off for his first local sortie in the F-35 Lightning II at Hill Air Force Base on Dec. 11. Rickard’s flight marks the 100th sortie in the F-35 at Hill since the first combat-coded aircraft arrived in September. In the three months since the first F-35s arrived at Hill, only two of 129 scheduled sorties were lost due to maintenance issues. Initially, the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit went 33 sorties without losing a line for maintenance. Together, the active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing are working toward F-35 initial operational capability, or IOC, by fall of 2016.
Photos by R. NIAL
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The 2015 Team Hill Holiday Card Lane is on display on the south side of Balmer Street near the Warrior Fitness Center outdoor track. The cards were judged on originality and organizational representation. This year’s winners: First place, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs; second place, 748th Supply Chain Management Group; and third place, 75th Medical Operations Support Squadron.
STAFF SGT. CHRISTINA JUDD/U.S. Air Force
Reservists from the 466th Aircraft Maintenance Unit finished first as the weapons load crew of the quarter ahead of the 4th AMU and 421st AMU Jan. 9. Every quarter, the teams race to load weapons onto F16s then compete in February for the yearly title. The team of three reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing, Tech. Sgt. Bryan Wicker, Tech. Sgt. Michael Young, and Senior Airman Jonathan Thorsted, have been practicing for the competition and were proud of their speed. “We were really clicking once we started loading,” said Wicker, the team lead. “Hopefully, we’ll take the annual in February.” The winning team will compete at the 10th Air Force competition with the chance to advance and compete for the Air Force Load Crew award.
On Oct. 24, superheroes, princesses, witches, and more swarmed the Hill for the 6th annual Haunting the Hill event on Hill Air Force Base.
Team Hill family members were welcomed out to The Landing for a hauntingly fun evening where children could dress up and participate in numerous fall festivities.
The event was “originally entitled Haunting on the Hill when we hosted the event at the Hubbard Golf Course, but we outgrew that location after 2 years and then it became Haunting Around the Hill, as we hosted it at the Landing, Library, and Base Theater,” said one event coordinator, Janet Seachris. “We’re now Haunting the Hill and it’s centrally located at The Landing in the event of inclement weather, which could prevent families from venturing outdoors to trek to the other locations.”
Families lined up for the Trunk-or-Treat, coordinated by Victoria Jozwiak, a member of the Enlisted Spouses’ Club, where children could weave through festively decorated trunks to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment. The 75th Force Support Squadron provided the candy for the trunks and according to Seachris, “Our new 75th Air Base Wing commander, Col. Ron Jolly, challenged his squadrons to enter a trunk in the competition while being part of a great family friendly event that shows appreciation to all of our Team Hill families, promoting a greater sense of community and strengthening family relationships.”
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