Air Force News Service
August 7, 2014
WASHINGTON – Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31.The changes are intended to ensure the Air Force truly makes job performance the driving factor and will be implemented incrementally beginning in August 2014 and continuing through early 2016. Additional information and in-depth articles will be... Read more
Steve Salles, Hilltop Times Staff
August 7, 2014
As excited as I was to tell moviegoers about 2011’s “The Muppets,” I must admit, this sequel to that extraordinary reboot feels more or less ordinary.What’s missing this time around? Simple. No Jason Segel.He was such a big fan of the original material and made such a significant and clever film the first time around, that there was bound to be a letdown without him.Even the the Muppets... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
August 7, 2014
Aug. 1, families gathered in the Hill Air Force Base Centennial Park for the annual Hill Family Camp-Out. This was the sixth year for this event, and while the last three years had “western” themes, this year’s theme was “Pirates on the Hill.”“The annual family campout is one of my favorite activities because it encapsulates so many of the things I love about Utah,” said John Cullinane, director... Read more
Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Yelverton, 60th Medical Support Squadron superintendent
August 7, 2014
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant.Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my hand. My supervisor, Staff Sgt. Todd Mitchell, stayed... Read more
509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – The navigator on the famous B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, died July 28 in Stone Mountain, Ga. Theodore Van Kirk was 93.“Whiteman (Air Force Base) and the nation have lost a great patriot,” said Brig. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. “Maj. Theodore Van Kirk was a vital member of a... Read more
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Let’s face it; every guy has an inner child screaming to get out. And what little boy doesn’t like ripping apart his toys and making a mess of things? But the older most men get the more expensive and fancier the toys.Senior Airman Christopher Moore, a vehicle mechanic with the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, is no exception. When it comes to tinkering and... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Staff
August 7, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — As a lifelong military man, Col. Ronald Jolly usually doesn’t like to stay in the same place for too long.But it came as a pleasant surprise when he found out he’d been assigned to command Hill Air Force Base’s 75th Air Base Wing and as a result, extend his stay in the Top of Utah.Jolly was selected as the new commander of the wing in July, replacing the freshly retired... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
August 7, 2014
STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR – It was a flotilla of fishing boats on Saturday morning where over 70 volunteers, most of them veterans, docked at the Strawberry Reservoir Soldier Creek Marina while nearly 100 disabled veterans waited to board the boats for the day of fishing last Saturday morning for the Utah Disabled Veteran Fishing event. The event began a few years ago as a way for veterans to... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
August 7, 2014
The Key to Success Educational School Fair will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Hill Air Force Base Landing. This event helps Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and retired families prepare for the upcoming school year.“Operation Homefront distributes backpacks, partnering with the Dollar Tree Store, to supply school supplies,” says Judy Maughan, Hill’s school liaison officer and one of the... Read more
Airman Malcolm Mayfield, 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
FE. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. – The newly-formed 20th Air Force Helicopter Operations Group planted its roots at F.E. Warren Air Force Base Aug. 1.The group assumes control of the helicopter squadrons across 20th Air Force sometime next year after it ends its provisional status, said Col. Dave Smith, the helicopter operations group commander.“The mission of the (group), while in provisional... Read more