Debbie Gildea, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
June 19, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Creative, motivated Airmen are the key to changing how the Air Force does business, and every Airman has an equal opportunity to make a lasting contribution through the Airmen Powered by Innovation program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.Launched in April, API was initiated thanks to the success of the Make Every Dollar Count initiative, which... Read more
Air Force News Service
June 19, 2014
WASHINGTON — Fewer Airmen than originally expected will meet involuntary retention boards this summer and fall, Air Force officials said June 13.Air Force leaders eliminated approximately 4,000 Airmen from eligibility for the upcoming boards at Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’s direction to bolster manning for nuclear-related air force specialty codes and to account for budgetary... Read more
Amy Ausley, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs
June 19, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The commander from Air Forces Cyber and the director the Air Force Civil Engineer Center signed an initiative here June 12, designed to strengthen the security of industrial control systems, or ICS, supporting critical Air Force infrastructures.At installations, ICS are used for many functions, ranging from heating and air conditioning system... Read more
Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
June 19, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen at 18 installations will see a new era of physical fitness as the Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services introduces the Air Force Team Cohesion Challenge.The pilot program, built around special operations training, is designed to teach leadership, promote unit cohesion and inspire teams to perform their best. “This program was... Read more
Claudette Roulo, American Forces Press Service
June 19, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department and the nation depend every day on the service of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender personnel, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said June 5.“They are an integral part of our armed forces and our Department of Defense and our nation.”Speaking at the DOD Pride Month ceremony at the Pentagon, Work recalled that for far too long, gay, lesbian and bisexual... Read more
Tammy Cournoyer, Air Force News Service
June 19, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 2014 Air Force Retiree Council met in May to discuss issues important to retirees and surviving spouses, and receive briefings on various subjects important to the retiree community.This was the first time the council convened since 2012. Last year’s annual meeting was cancelled because of budget constraints. The Air Force Retiree Council provides... Read more
Special Agent Ryan Pfeifer, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 113
June 19, 2014
Did you know you are one of the most important assets in preventing a mass shooting, terrorist attack, espionage or other illegal activity? It’s true! Regardless of the training, experience or reach of any law enforcement agency, your daily observations are crucial. You are able to identify if a person, vehicle and/or activity is unusual or out of place. But unless you speak up and report it to... Read more
Chief Master Sgt. Edward Edgar, 317th Recruiting Squadron superintendent
June 19, 2014
OXON HILL, Md. — When I think about being a good Airman first, there are two quotes that have framed my focus. The first came from Chief Master Sgt. A.C. Smith, the command chief master sergeant for the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base. It was part of his address to the Team Hill 5/6 Association; I was attending as president of Hill’s Top 3. He said: “I was 19 years old when I... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Staff
June 19, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Ryan Thomas has spent a large portion of his life dealing with things most kids his age don’t even understand.The 8-year-old Clearfield resident was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue, in November 2012.Since his diagnosis, Thomas has gone to countless doctor appointments, seen the inside of too many... Read more
Jamie Lampros, Hilltop Times Correspondent
June 19, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — If you’re planning to attend the Open House and Air Show this year, be prepared to follow the rules or forget about getting past security.Hill Air Force Base personnel say they are expecting up to half a million people at the air show this year, which will be held June 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because of the enormous crowds the show draws, safety rules have been... Read more