September 15, 2016
WASHINGTON — Consistent with the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, the President’s formal response to the Commission on Care was transmitted to Congress. As the President has said, “a sacred covenant exists between Veterans and this nation: servicemen and servicewomen take an oath to protect our country, and in turn, our nation pledges to take care of them when they leave... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
September 15, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hill Air Force Base resident Fabiola Sanchez set her sights recently on pursuing a career in the medical field, but was unsure how to proceed as a stay at home parent. Determined to begin her education, Sanchez enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant program. Shortly after completion, she learned of the Air Force Aid Spouse Employment Grant Program operated by the... Read more
DAWN A. SCHMIDT, AFMC AFSC Specialized Contracting Maintenance Branch
September 15, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The 2016 Intermountain Combined Federal Campaign is underway. The campaign provides the opportunity for federal employees, including those assigned to Hill AFB, to serve others in a tangible way through donations to charities of their choice. Through individual contributions and selfless acts, federal employees make the campaign a success and no donation is too... Read more
September 15, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The base golf course here hosted a golf expo Sept. 5-7 featuring two professional golfers.Hubbard Memorial Golf Course welcomed LPGA touring professionals Kim Hall and Mallory Blackwelder, who provided tips and demonstrations on putting, chipping, and driving. Blackwelder, who has a cousin currently serving in the Air Force, commented positively on her first visit... Read more
September 15, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UTAH — The Air Force received approval on August 23 for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program to start the next phase of its acquisition effort.With this formal Defense Acquisition System “Milestone A” approval, the GBSD program enters the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase of its effort to replace the aging intercontinental ballistic missile, the LGM-30... Read more
September 15, 2016
WASHINGTON — Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral – a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets Veterans into appointments quicker.Before now, Veterans seeking appointments with audiologists or optometrists had to... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS DENNIS HOFFMAN, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
September 15, 2016
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Leadership is not an innate quality and there is no true recipe for success in regards to it. Leadership takes on many forms. Leadership has no preferred race, religion, ethnicity nor gender.Blind to any categorization, Lt. Col. Nicole Roberts, the 21st Security Forces Squadron commander, accelerated through the enlisted and officer ranks while relying on a... Read more
DR. PETER SKIRBUNT, DeCA historian
September 15, 2016
FORT LEE, Va. — Sixty-nine years ago on Sept. 18, men and women of the Army Air Forces stopped wearing Army green and started sporting Air Force blue.On that date, W. Stuart Symington – formerly the Assistant Secretary of War for Air – was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force. Gen. Carl A. “Toohey” Spaatz became the first Chief of Staff of the Air Force eight days later.  The... Read more
September 15, 2016
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Air Force technicians maintaining nuclear reentry vehicle systems will soon have upgraded training simulators to help them succeed in their mission of strategic deterrence.Thanks to a joint effort between the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and Air Force Global Strike Command, technicians sustaining the Minuteman III weapon system, an intercontinental ballistic... Read more
September 15, 2016
FORT LEE, Va. — Fifteen years ago this month, commissaries felt the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, as DeCA worked with the military to keep the grocery pipeline open.In the wake of the attack, then DeCA Director Maj. Gen. Robert J. Courter Jr. contacted military leaders to ensure commissaries would be open to serve the troops and their families amid heightened security at... Read more