Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
August 19, 2010
Tech. Sgt. Dustin Ballingham, line recruiter for the 419th Fighter Wing, said he was excited to hear he had made the Air Force Rugby Team. The Air Force Reserve recruiter who had played rugby at Weber State University for two and a half years and who now plays on a Division I team in Utah, made his first year tryout at an Air Force mini camp in March and he must have made an impression.The Air... Read more
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
August 19, 2010
“So many of our people are gone,” said Jennie Hohman, a former secretary in the Aircraft Maintenance area at Hill Air Force Base. She’s talking about the first groups of aircraft technicians who were hired just after Hill Field was formed nearly 70 years ago.The particular class — the first civilian mechanic learners’ class of its kind for the base — was for civilians hired some 69 years ago... Read more
August 19, 2010
The Air Force Ball is a formal civil-military event to celebrate the proud partnership and promote personal interaction and esprit de corps. The tradition began on Sept.18, 1947, when the United States Air Force was officially established as a separate military service. Most likely the first Air Force Ball was held in Washington, D.C., although other communities may very well have had one as well... Read more
August 19, 2010
This year this special event will take place on Friday the 24th of September at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.  Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m.  The theme is Celebrating 70 Years at Hill Air Force Base as well as the Year of the Family.The special guest speaker will be the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General James E.... Read more
August 19, 2010
DALLAS —A processing error resulted in duplicate charges on credit and debit card transactions for some customers at Army Air Force Exchange Service stores.“Shoppers who swiped their cards anytime between Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 at an AAFES facility are strongly encouraged to review their statements to see if they are impacted by this issue,” said AAFES’ Chief of Staff Col. Virgil Williams. “If a... Read more
Joe N. Wiggins, 311th Air Base Group
August 19, 2010
BROOKS CITY-BASE, Texas — When most Airmen come into the Air Force, they know their service could include being called upon to do something that could save a life. However, one such Airman answered the call in a way very few could. Staff Sgt. Charles Newberry, a personnel specialist assigned to the 311th Air Base Group’s Military Personnel Flight here, volunteered in 2007 to register as a... Read more
August 19, 2010
WASHINGTON  — Department of Veterans Affairs officials committed the last of their $1.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds July 31, as one of the first federal agencies to achieve that milestone. Projects at more than 1,200 sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will increase access to health care and services to veterans, while creating... Read more
Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
August 12, 2010
WASHINGTON -- The initiative to reduce Defense Department overhead and to eliminate duplicative capabilities is part of a larger thrust to change the culture of the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here Aug. 9.The department must be more frugal with the taxpayers' money and must put what money it gets to the best use, the secretary said. Gates announced efforts that will freeze... Read more
Catherine McNally, Hilltop Times staff
August 12, 2010
Families prepare as school days approachIt's that time again -- time to count down to the first day of school. Along with all the excitement of new clothes, school supplies and getting to see old friends again, parents and children should also keep in mind a few safety tips as well.While the school bus or a parent's car may be the most popular modes of transportation to and from class, a lot of... Read more
Col. Roger H. Westermeyer, Ogden Air Logistics Center Director of Contracting
August 12, 2010
As a contracting officer and before that an ICBM missile operator, the world of maintenance was foreign to me until a few years ago. As an operator, all I cared about was whether the weapon system was operating 24/7/365, no questions asked. I gave little thought to the amount of hard work and dedication necessary to keep a 35-year-old missile system on alert, nor did I fully grasp the level of... Read more

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Inspection teams visit 388th/419th Fighter Wings Inspection teams from Air Force Reserve Command and Air Combat... more