February 26, 2015
By Health Promotions OfficeHILL AIR FORCE BASE — Although Feb. 16-22 was officially designated “Through With Chew Week” to call attention to the dangers of using chew, including chewing tobacco and snuff, the Hill Air Force Base Health Promotions Office said it’s never too late to stop.Most people chew or suck the tobacco, also known as dip, in their mouth and spit out the tobacco juices that... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 26, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — Local veterans of the Vietnam War say a bill making the rounds in this year’s legislative session would not only honor their service, but it would also help preserve their legacy.House Bill 275 is simple: It would rename the existing portions of Interstate 84 within Utah as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway and require that the Utah Department of Transportation designate it... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 26, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Developmental Special Duty assignments have seen a major shift in how Airmen are recruited, moving from an application-based process to a vectoring process, with supervisors hand-selecting Airmen for assignments.However, several DSD programs have encountered some snags during the first three vectoring rounds in the last several months, with vectored Airmen not fully... Read more
Cheryl Pellerin, Defense Media Activity
February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ash Carter became the 25th Secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs.President Barack Obama nominated Carter for the position. Calling Carter an innovator and a reformer who knows the Defense Department inside and out, the president said, “On day one,... Read more
Cheryl Pellerin, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a standing-room-only all-hands gathering in the Pentagon’s auditorium on Feb. 19, Defense Secretary Ash Carter enthusiastically greeted those he will lead, and discussed his priorities.Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work introduced Carter, citing the defense secretary’s “deep understanding of our business, of our shared enterprise, of organizing and training and equipping... Read more
Master Sgt. Greg Steele, 93rd Bomb Squadron
February 26, 2015
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LA. — After almost seven years of slumber, a sleeping giant awakened in the Arizona desert. It prepared to take flight on Friday the 13th, from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, on a historic journey to resume the mission for which it was created — providing strategic long-range bomber support anywhere in the world, and at any time.Emerging from the crowd that gathered to... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 26, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A scarcity of jet mechanics hasn’t kept Hill Air Force Base pilots out of the sky.But officials on base say if that sky were to fall, the shortage could affect their ability to respond.The 421st and 466th Aircraft Maintenance Units from Hill’s 338th Fighter Wing are each down approximately 50 maintainers, according to Col. Lance Landrum, commander of the wing.“Across the... Read more
February 26, 2015
The 388th Fighter Wing announced its annual award winners during a ceremony at The Landing on Feb. 20. The winners will go on to compete in the 12th Air Force annual awards.Junior Enlisted Airman: Senior Airman Blake Cottrill, 388th Operations Support SquadronNoncommissioned Officer: Tech. Sgt. Randall Watkins, 388th Equipment Maintenance SquadronSenior Noncommissioned Officer: Master... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 26, 2015
OGDEN — For the second year in a row, a Utah congressman is trying to change what he calls an outdated medical benefits law for veterans.Earlier this month, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, introduced the Veterans TRICARE Choice Act, a bill that would allow veterans who use the Department of Defense military health system to also contribute to a Health Savings Account program.The bill, which is co-... Read more
Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross, Air Force News Service
February 26, 2015
ORLANDO, Fla. — William A. LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, outlined the Air Force’s top acquisition priorities during the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition on Feb. 13, in Orlando, Florida.LaPlante pointed out five key areas of focus: • Get high-priority programs right and keep them on the right track.• Improve... Read more

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