Cheryl Pellerin, Defense Media Activity
February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ash Carter became the 25th Secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs.President Barack Obama nominated Carter for the position. Calling Carter an innovator and a reformer who knows the Defense Department inside and out, the president said, “On day one,... Read more
Cheryl Pellerin, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a standing-room-only all-hands gathering in the Pentagon’s auditorium on Feb. 19, Defense Secretary Ash Carter enthusiastically greeted those he will lead, and discussed his priorities.Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work introduced Carter, citing the defense secretary’s “deep understanding of our business, of our shared enterprise, of organizing and training and equipping... Read more
Master Sgt. Greg Steele, 93rd Bomb Squadron
February 26, 2015
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LA. — After almost seven years of slumber, a sleeping giant awakened in the Arizona desert. It prepared to take flight on Friday the 13th, from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, on a historic journey to resume the mission for which it was created — providing strategic long-range bomber support anywhere in the world, and at any time.Emerging from the crowd that gathered to... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 26, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A scarcity of jet mechanics hasn’t kept Hill Air Force Base pilots out of the sky.But officials on base say if that sky were to fall, the shortage could affect their ability to respond.The 421st and 466th Aircraft Maintenance Units from Hill’s 338th Fighter Wing are each down approximately 50 maintainers, according to Col. Lance Landrum, commander of the wing.“Across the... Read more
February 26, 2015
The 388th Fighter Wing announced its annual award winners during a ceremony at The Landing on Feb. 20. The winners will go on to compete in the 12th Air Force annual awards.Junior Enlisted Airman: Senior Airman Blake Cottrill, 388th Operations Support SquadronNoncommissioned Officer: Tech. Sgt. Randall Watkins, 388th Equipment Maintenance SquadronSenior Noncommissioned Officer: Master... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 26, 2015
OGDEN — For the second year in a row, a Utah congressman is trying to change what he calls an outdated medical benefits law for veterans.Earlier this month, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, introduced the Veterans TRICARE Choice Act, a bill that would allow veterans who use the Department of Defense military health system to also contribute to a Health Savings Account program.The bill, which is co-... Read more
Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross, Air Force News Service
February 26, 2015
ORLANDO, Fla. — William A. LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, outlined the Air Force’s top acquisition priorities during the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition on Feb. 13, in Orlando, Florida.LaPlante pointed out five key areas of focus: • Get high-priority programs right and keep them on the right track.• Improve... Read more
Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers Magazine
February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arlington National Cemetery rests on an expanse of rolling hills in northern Virginia. One of the busiest tourist spots in the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which sits at one of the highest points in the cemetery.Though there is a spectacular view of Washington, D.C., visitors don’t pay much attention to the scenery. They are focused on the white marble... Read more
February 26, 2015
QUANTICO, Va. — Child sex crimes are not unique to any particular base, but are a perpetual problem across the Air Force and society.Online exploitation of children continues to be a problem and is routinely investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. As part of this effort, AFOSI field units have partnered with Internet Crimes Against Children task forces throughout the... Read more
Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
February 19, 2015
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Air Force officials announced on Feb. 13 the president’s nomination of Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski to the rank of general, with assignment as the commander of Air Force Materiel Command. Officials also announced the retirement of current AFMC Commander Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger.No date has been announced for the retirement and change of command.... Read more