March 10, 2016
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — From the flightline to the hangars, Air Force reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing’s operations and maintenance groups work side by side with active-duty Airmen in the 388th Fighter Wing on a daily basis. About 50 Airmen from the 419th FW have taken that teamwork to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where they’re working with active-duty counterparts to support F-... Read more
R. Nial Bradshaw, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
March 10, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The designation as a “1-percenter” commonly carries less-than-desirable connotations, depending on the context and demographic to which it is applied.In the United States Air Force, being part of the top one percent distinguishes Airmen who have achieved the highest enlisted rank, chief master sergeant. On March 4, Team Hill held a time-honored ceremony to recognize 16... Read more
Sean Kimmons, Air Force News Service
March 10, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. — Budget plans are poised to keep the Air Force atop of its game, with a new bomber and advanced technology to help Airmen execute a future offset strategy, the head of the service announced at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26.“We’ve got to be forward-thinking enough to balance winning today’s fight while preparing for tomorrow’s,” said Air Force Secretary... Read more
March 10, 2016
Team Hill congratulates the following Airmen who have been selected for promotion to senior master sergeant, the second-highest enlisted rank. A promotion release ceremony was held at the club March 3. “In today’s competitive, high-quality Air Force, this is a significant feat and we are extremely proud of this tremendous accomplishment.  Their selection for promotion serves as a clear... Read more
By SENIOR AIRMAN HAILEY HAUX, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
March 10, 2016
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force’s top two senior leaders testified before the House Appropriations Committee on Defense March 2 and the Senate Armed Services Committee March 3.Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attested to the critical need of readiness. With less than half of the Air Force’s combat forces prepared for a high-end fight, the... Read more
SHANNON COLLINS, DoD News, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
March 10, 2016
As part of his continuing effort to engage with innovative technology companies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter on March 3 spoke at a Microsoft-hosted breakfast in Seattle.“Earlier this week I gave a speech about the role the U.S. military plays in providing the security that underpins the global marketplace,” Carter said. “We do this in every domain — air, land, sea, space and cyberspace. And we... Read more
Cheryl Pellerin, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
March 10, 2016
If you’re a computer security specialist, or at least a white-hat hacker, who’s always wanted to take a run at the Pentagon, here’s your chance. A pilot program called Hack the Pentagon launches in April.It’s the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government, and it will offer incentives, to be determined, to those who find vulnerabilities and exploits.Pentagon Press... Read more
Terri Moon Cronk, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
March 10, 2016
President Barack Obama last week awarded the Medal of Honor to Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr., making him the sixth Navy SEAL in the force’s history to receive the U.S. military’s highest honor.The White House’s East Room was filled with Byers’ family, friends and special operators from around the world who served with him, as well as special operations forces leaders Army... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Special to Hilltop Times
March 10, 2016
LAYTON — The Utah Legislature appears to be less than enthusiastic about funding a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but the group lobbying to bring the structure to Layton says it will be built whether the state helps or not.In early February, Dennis Howland, state president of Utah Vietnam Veterans of America, and Layton Mayor Bob Stevenson spoke to the Legislature’s Executive... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JORDYN FETTER, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
March 10, 2016
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — While enjoying a drive through the rolling Tennessee countryside with his wife, the shrill ring of his cellphone pierced through the tranquility of the moment. Maj. William D. Logan’s daughter, Blair, managed to utter, “Zac has done something really bad.”Dread and confusion seeped in as she explained what had happened.The now 35th Fighter Wing deputy wing chaplain’s son... Read more

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