AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CLAYTON CUPIT, Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
June 4, 2015
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — The C-17 Globemaster III has proved again that it remains the world’s premier airlifter after the total C-17 fleet celebrated the historical milestone of achieving 3 million flying hours on May 5.The C-17 is the only strategic airlifter in the world that has tactical capabilities that allow it to fly between continents; land on short, austere runways, and airdrop... Read more
June 4, 2015
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Air Force Medical Operations Agency has recently directed all Air Force military treatment facilities to establish direct-access physical therapy clinics for active-duty members. The policy shift will now allow an active-duty member with an acute musculoskeletal injury to make an appointment directly with a physical therapist.For three of the past five years,... Read more
MASTER SGT. CAROLYN STEWART, 14th Medical Support Squadron
June 4, 2015
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth — or 120 days in overseas areas.When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses.Members who want their newborns to have TRICARE Prime coverage must call or send an... Read more
Senior Airman James E. Hensley, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
May 28, 2015
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZ. — The Air Force is one step closer to operational capability for the F-35 Lightning II at Hill Air Force Base. The first-ever F-35 Lightning II pilot training class was held at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on May 4.Two F-16 Fighting Falcon instructor pilots and two A-10 Warthog instructor pilots were selected for the class, making them the first students to learn how... Read more
Staff Sgt. Victoria Secrist, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
May 28, 2015
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — In the Air Force, you constantly hear resiliency messages and taglines. I was like everyone else and didn’t take these messages seriously, but they’re here for a reason. This is my reason.I hate to admit it, but it’s true. I live every day in fear. Anxiety boils down to fear, regardless of whether you want to admit you are fearful or not. I’m a strong person... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
May 28, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — For nearly a year, Wing Chaplain Erik Harp, of the 75th Air Base Wing, has been begging for some help to take care of the eyesore growing outside of the chapel — a matted mess of weeds, decomposed bark, rotted railroad ties and dead trees.Concerned church patrons and passers-by were regularly asking Harp when it would be fixed, but with budget constraints, Harp didn’t have... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
May 28, 2015
ROY — Jason Velez knows the stark reality of returning to life away from a combat zone.In order to heal after his two tours of duty in Iraq, Velez began modifying his Dodge Ram 2500 truck more than two years ago to look like the Mine Resistant Anti Penetrate he often drove during his deployment. Velez chuckles when recalling how the idea began: He told his fellow airmen as a joke that he had... Read more
Lt. Col. Daniel Loveless, 71st Medical Operations Squadron commander
May 28, 2015
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. Breathe, breathe, breathe. Step. It’s about 4 a.m. on a cool February morning, and I’m presently at 19,200 feet on Aconcagua, Argentina, the highest point in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. I’m part of a team of 13 climbers. Today is our summit day.There are now 11 of us; two members fell out earlier in the climb. I have been... Read more
Karen Bastian, Hill AFB Energy Outreach Coordinator
May 28, 2015
Air Force Materiel Command Commander, Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, recently announced Hill AFB the winner of the 2014 AFMC Facility Energy Excellence Award at the Energy Management Steering Group quarterly meeting. The AFMC Facility Energy Excellence Award was determined using a weighted scoring system that tracks a base’s yearly progress in the areas of culture change, energy reduction and... Read more
Richard Essary, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
May 28, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Suicide prevention and assisting those who have been affected by it will be the topics at a Hill AFB suicide prevention town hall luncheon June 11.The base is partnering with several community agencies for the breakfast, which will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at The Landing. The event will feature a panel of guest speakers, including Taryn Aiken, a board member of... Read more

In The Know

In the Know Invitation extended for family campoutA family campout that includes... more