Jim Garamone, DoD News Features, Defense Media Activity
March 31, 2016
While not complacent about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s capabilities, Defense Department leaders are confident that momentum against the terror group is firmly in the hands of the coalition arrayed against it.“As far as the campaign is … concerned, I’m confident that we will defeat ISIL and that we have the momentum of the campaign in Iraq and Syria,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN CHRISTIAN CLAUSEN, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
March 31, 2016
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — The aircraft is ready to fly, the ground control stations (GCS) are up and running, and the crews have been briefed. Now it’s time to fly the remotely piloted aircraft.The pilot, sensor operator, and mission intelligence coordinator (MIC) step into the GCS to prepare for flight, but they’re not alone; they are joined by other Airmen, each in their respective... Read more
Cheryl Pellerin, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
March 31, 2016
Information technology and cyber program priorities for the Defense Department’s chief information officer include modernizing DOD networks, improving cybersecurity and building the IT workforce, Terry Halvorsen said last week.The DOD CIO testified on the IT budget request for fiscal year 2017 before the House Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee. He was joined by Peter... Read more
Richard Essary, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
March 31, 2016
The base hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony March 21 to celebrate the opening of a new dormitory laundry facility.Located on the installation’s single-Airman dormitory campus, the centralized facility replaced existing laundry areas previously found in three separate dormitory buildings. Housing officials said a November 2014 fire in a dormitory destroyed one of the laundry rooms and was the... Read more
Cheryl Pellerin, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
March 31, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named a new commander for U.S. Northern Command to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northern Command chief will be the first woman to lead a U.S. combatant command.Carter made the announcement to pick Gen. Lori J. Robinson during a media interview March 18. President Barack Obama has approved the choice and will nominate her to... Read more
MIRIAM U RODRIGUEZ, U.S. Army
March 31, 2016
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — Over 6,600 marchers, including wounded warriors, a 10-year-old and a 98-year-old participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 20, honoring those who endured the Bataan Death March.The Bataan Memorial Death March honors a group of World War II heroes responsible for the defense of the islands of Luzon, Corregidor and the harbor defense forts of the... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS MAGEN M. REEVES, 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
March 31, 2016
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. — Malmstrom Air Force Base is one of four bases across the service chosen to test out a new bio-based synthetic oil in its vehicles.The experiment, being carried out by the 341st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight, is headed by the Defense Logistics Agency and the 441st Vehicle Support Chain Operations Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis,... Read more
STACEY GEIGER, Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
March 24, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Agility and innovation are cornerstones of a new Air Force Materiel Command strategic plan that will deliver war-winning capabilities. Those capabilities will propel the Air Force as a key element of the future national defense strategy known as the Third Offset.The first “offset” came in the 1950s when the United States looked to tactical nuclear weapons... Read more


Commentary: ‘Painting’ with MICT

March 24, 2016
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — What are you doing to get ready for the Air Combat Command Inspector General inspection in November?Are you cleaning up everything in the Management Internal Control Toolset, also known as MICT? Oops. Trick question. The last thing you want to do is prepare for “the inspection.”With MICT at the forefront of the new Air Force Inspection System, or AFIS, it would be... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Special to the Hilltop Times
March 24, 2016
LAYTON — The Layton American Legion is in need of a miracle.Because of insufficient revenue and declining membership, Legion Post 87’s canteen — a daily gathering place for local veterans — is set to shut down May 31, officials say.Toni Wehus, manager and daytime bartender at the Legion, said she wants to keep the canteen open, but acknowledged that doing so will likely take a major stroke of... Read more