March 26, 2015
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 Lightning II pilots when the first student, Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, the commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, flew the wing’s first training sortie March 18.Luke has a long and storied history of training fighter pilots. Advanced flight training in the AT-6 began at Luke in 1941, and by 1944, pilots at Luke had... Read more
March 26, 2015
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Jeanne M. Holm was the first woman in the armed forces to be promoted to the rank of major general in 1973, and is credited as the single driving force in achieving parity for military women and making them a viable part of the mainstream military.Holm was born in 1921, in Portland, Oregon, and enlisted in the Army in July 1942, soon after the Women’s Army Auxiliary... Read more
March 26, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 448th Supply Chain Management Wing recently announced its annual award winners.The wing is headquartered at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, and is made up of 2,800 personnel at four geographically separated locations, including the 748th Supply Chain Management Group at Hill AFB, the 638th SCMG at Robins AFB, Georgia, the 848th SCMG at Tinker AFB and the 948th SCMG, which has a... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
March 26, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Federal Women’s Program at Hill Air Force Base has been running strong for the last several years because of the efforts of its program manager, Deb Finn-Nokes, who will be retiring from the position soon. Finn-Nokes’ first experience with the program was nearly 30 years ago, as a single mom when she began working as a civilian for Hill Air Force Base. “This... Read more
Nathan Simmons, 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
March 26, 2015
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Large-scale exercises like Red Flag hone the skills of even the most experienced fliers and maintenance professionals in the United States Air Force, but from a young lieutenant’s perspective, there’s more to it than skill sharpening.This is the first time 1st Lt. Nathan Stroupe, officer in charge of the 421st Fighter Squadron’s Aircraft Maintenance Unit, has... Read more
Micah Garbarino, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
March 19, 2015
For the tall, quiet Airman, speaking up about his injuries is difficult. His wounds aren’t visible, but they’re very real.After two deployments and six bomb blasts, Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Wasnuk, of Hill’s 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight, is receiving a Purple Heart for traumatic brain injuries he received in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.Wasnuk deployed to Iraq in 2006, after the Air Force... Read more
March 19, 2015
Since 1942, the Air Force Aid Society has helped Airmen and their families in times of need.It may be for an everyday expense like a utility bill, something far more unexpected like the need to fly home for a family funeral, or a request for a special piece of medical equipment to improve the quality of life for a disabled child. Whether your emergency is big or small, AFAS is here to help — just... Read more
Becky Wright, Hilltop Times Correspondent
March 19, 2015
OGDEN — Build an unmanned watercraft to send to the bottom of Lake Powell, in search of a plane that went down while researching ruins on the lake bed. Once there, open the plane’s fuselage door to retrieve the black box, deploy oil-absorbing canisters, and collect rock samples from the lake floor.That was the scenario given to teams in the SeaPerch Northern Utah Underwater Competition last week.... Read more
Karen S. Guice, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
March 19, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Often called one of the “invisible wounds of war,” traumatic brain injury is the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Anyone can suffer a TBI; it can happen on the sports field, in your home, or on the job.During March, the Military Health System is focusing its talent and efforts on the issue of TBI. We will provide tools and... Read more
Master Sgt. Lamont Williams
March 19, 2015
“The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a Danish tale by Hans Andersen written in 1837. The short version of the story is as follows: A vain Emperor who cared only about wearing the finest clothes was approached by two con men who promised to make him the best suit ever seen. This suit was to be woven from a fabric so spectacular that it would be invisible to the unwise and incompetent. The emperor... Read more

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