Airman Jordyn Rucker, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
October 23, 2014
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Demolition of Misawa Air Base’s AN/FLR-9 antenna, also known as the “Elephant Cage,” began Oct. 15 after nearly 50 years of service.Construction on the iconic antenna began in 1963 and was completed in 1965 at a cost of $3.3 million.While operational, the antenna could intercept and directionally locate high-frequency radio transmissions up to 4,000 nautical miles away.... Read more
David R. Hopper, 55th Wing Public Affairs
October 23, 2014
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Thrust into the depths of war Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. employed all its resources to meet the enemy in battle quickly but one resource began to run out — manpower.At a time when the U.S. was still trying to climb out of the Great Depression, war began to empty houses of fathers, sons and brothers to meet an enemy that was attempting to take over the world.At the... Read more
Kerry B. Sparks, Deputy Director, ICBM Ground Systems Division
October 23, 2014
Another Hill AFB organization was recently recognized for a National Award. The ICBM Systems Directorate (ICBMSD), part of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, was recently awarded the Citation of Honor by the Air Force Association during a ceremony at the Air & Space Conference in Washington D.C.  Each year the AFA honors the outstanding achievements of men and women throughout the U.S... Read more
Secretary of the Air Force, Public Affairs
October 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Air Force officials are aware of and are actively working to identify any inconsistencies regarding benefits and separation program details associated with the fiscal year 2014 force management programs.From inception, the multi-year strategy for force management programs was complex and dynamic in nature as the Air Force undertook broad measures to meet mission and budgetary needs.... Read more
DoD News
October 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Operation Homefront is seeking nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year awards.Officials of the nonprofit organization, which provides aid to service members and their families, said they understand what military children go through in supporting their service members and want to recognize their contributions. Parents, grandparents, Scout leaders, teachers, counselors... Read more
Secretary of the Air Force, Public Affairs
October 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced a new policy requiring the inclusion and command review of information on sex-related offenses in personnel service records Sept. 30.The change was directed in the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, requiring the services to document this information in service member personnel records.“Sexual harassment and sexual assault are not... Read more
Air Force Personnel Center, Public Affairs
October 23, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen around the world are asked to respond to many surveys, some of which are official and legitimate. Others, however, are not official and Airmen should not respond to them.According to Renee Tealer of the Air Force Survey Office, Air Force Personnel Center, Airmen typically get three types of surveys.Local surveys of unit members on topics that are... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Staff
October 9, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The F-22 made its big combat debut in Syria last month and continues missions in the region now, but military officials say the aircraft’s launch has had little impact at Hill Air Force Base. In late September, U.S. military forces executed a series of strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist targets in Syria. The first day of strikes came... Read more
By Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center
October 9, 2014
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE - Okla. — Fall is here and it’s time for the Combined Federal Campaign.CFC raises millions of dollars each year to support family, friends, neighbors and communities who are in need.   This campaign has been in place since the 1960s and gives federal employees the ability to donate to their favorite charities through payroll donations with very low overhead — meaning... Read more
Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
October 9, 2014
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — “You have cancer.” The three words no one, no matter their age, wants to hear. I happened to receive these words at the age of 29.Though I knew from the moment I found the lump in my breast it was cancer, I was in no way prepared to hear those words Oct. 4, 2013, — the day that forever changed my life.Breast cancer runs in my family. Both my mother and her... Read more