Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Staff
July 24, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — About 9,000 miles and six time zones separate Hill Air Force Base and Indonesia, but that distance hasn’t stopped the two entities from forming a partnership.On Monday, Hill’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex delivered three of what will eventually be 24 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to the Government of Indonesia.The delivery constitutes the beginning of a nearly $700 million... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 24, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Air Force is centralizing its installation support management within a newly created Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Air Force officials announced July 11.The change resulted from a comprehensive effort to reduce overhead costs; increase efficiencies; eliminate redundant activities; improve effectiveness and business processes; and will help meet the Defense... Read more
Senior Airman Allen Stokes, 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 24, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 419th Fighter Wing hosted more than 45 civilian employers from across four states, who participated in the wing’s Employer Appreciation Day here Saturday.The Wing partnered with Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve to host this day-long event, in which employers get a glimpse of what their employees do as part of the Air Force Reserve. “We think it’s important... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 17, 2014
WASHINGTON — Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization today.The Air Force will create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, Major Commands, Numbered Air Forces and Field Operating Agencies, resulting in savings of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years.“I will work to ensure the world’s best... Read more
Cherie Huntington, DeCA public affairs specialist
July 10, 2014
FORT LEE, Va. — The Defense Commissary Agency has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks.The program now involves 110 stateside commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 77 food banks approved by the Defense Department, but both numbers will continue to rise.“During fiscal year 2013, DeCA donated 638,582 pounds,” said Randy Eller,... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 10, 2014
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Air Force Global Strike Command’s three missile wings June 30 - July 1 to meet with Airmen and discuss changes made in the force over the past six months.James’ first stop was F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, where she met with leadership and held Airmen focus groups to get feedback and emphasize the... Read more
Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
July 10, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — When Airmen go through major changes in their life, such as marriage, a permanent change of station, or having a child, one of the first things that should come to mind is, “I have to update my Virtual Record of Emergency Data,” or vRED.While this is not always the case, it is imperative Airmen update their emergency data when major changes occur and at... Read more
Terri Moon Cronk, Hilltop Times Staff
July 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said.Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DoD’s special needs program, told DoD News that service members and their families can find a comprehensive tool in the newly... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. James Jackson, the chief of Air Force Reserve, and Maj. Warren Neary, the Air Force Space Command historian, presented two pieces of art depicting Reserve Airmen in operational roles to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, recently.Neary, also a reservist, painted Bandage 33 and Showtime after Welsh highlighted the stories behind each piece during his speech at... Read more
Wendy Brown, Fort Bliss Public Affairs
July 10, 2014
FORT BLISS, Texas — As a young captain, Air Force Brig. Gen. Allen Jamerson once wondered why the Air Force did not have one place where security forces could go for training and evaluation.“All security forces would come through (Fort Polk, Louisiana), and they had all been trained at different regional training centers, and there was a different standard of training for each one of those people... Read more

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