Ed Gulick, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
February 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer urged members of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board to help the service maintain its technological edge at the winter board meeting Jan. 27.“We need your help,” Spencer said. “We need the expertise you provide because it is really critical. Our budgets are shrinking, our capacity is shrinking and there’s no way to... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
February 12, 2015
Workers may get a larger tax refund this year because of the EITC, or Earned Income Tax Credit. But to get it, you must file a tax return and claim it.If you worked last year and had income of less than $52,427, check out your eligibility for EITC. EITC can mean up to a $6,143 refund when you file a return if you have qualifying children. Workers without a qualifying child could be eligible for a... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS DUSTIN MULLEN, 325th FIghter Wing Public Affairs
February 12, 2015
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Children often admire parents and grandparents for doing great things, which can compel them to follow in their families’ footsteps and strive for greatness. For one Airman here, those footsteps from the past were followed almost exactly, leading to three generations of air traffic controllers.Senior Master Sgt. Michael Merritt, a 325th Operation Support Squadron... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN KEITH JAMES, 3rd Combat Camera Squadron
February 12, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Some Airmen dream of a 20-year career. Some know they’ll serve one enlistment and then separate. But some have that decision taken right out of their hands.Retired Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Harper met a major career obstacle in 2011. Harper served in the Air Force Reserve as a loadmaster for the 89th Airlift Squadron, 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air... Read more
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 12, 2015
Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be serious for young children. Protect your child by making sure he or she is up to date on vaccinations.Caused by a virus, measles starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles can lead to pneumonia,... Read more
F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force
February 12, 2015
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — For the past four months, an F-35 Lightning II has endured extreme weather temperatures to certify the fleet to deploy to any corner of the world.An F-35B from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force in Maryland, has undergone rigorous climatic testing at the 96th Test Wing’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The laboratory supports... Read more
Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
February 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Information Systems Agency is rolling out a new online collaboration tool that offers Defense Department employees anywhere in the world secure web conferencing and secure instant messaging and chat capabilities.The new open-source-based capability, called Defense Collaboration Services, or DCS, is available to anyone worldwide with a common access card on the... Read more
February 12, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — About 400 people gathered at Layton’s Davis Conference Center to honor the 419th Fighter Wing’s top performers of 2014 during the Airmen of the Year banquet Saturday.Military personnel, families, business leaders and wing alumni heard from guest speaker Chief Master Sgt. Cameron Kirksey, Command Chief of Air Force Reserve Command. During his remarks, Kirksey recounted the... Read more
CAPT. CHRISTINE MINER, 413th Flight Test Group
February 12, 2015
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — On Jan. 15, Senior Master Sgt. Dana Capaldi was notified she’d been selected as the Air Force’s top senior noncommissioned officer of the year in the Air Reserve Component Aircrew Flight Equipment annual awards. Every weapon system in Capaldi’s portfolio has its own set of requirements for safe flight operations. One of the actions lauded in the award package was her... Read more
Tinker Public Affairs
February 12, 2015
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Tinker Air Force Base officials recently announced the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the southwest side of the base to stand up a depot maintenance facility for the Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus.The land purchase was made possible through a joint effort of the U.S. Air Force ($8 million), Oklahoma City ($23.5 million... Read more

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