Hilltop Times staff
The third annual Family Overnight Campout has been planned for July 30. "This year there will be a twist," said Edie Messina, with the 75th Force Support Marketing office and coordinator for the event. "We will have the Ogden Nature Center visiting and bringing out some of their animals." Families are welcome to start setting up their tents at Centennial Park at 5 p.m. or Outdoor Recreation has... Read more
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
The completion of a long awaited renovation will be formally celebrated Friday, July 16, at the Hill Chapel with the Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) David H. Cyr, speaking at the chapel's rededication ceremony. Partially funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Barack Obama's stimulus plan, the renovations will bring seating capacity to more... Read more
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
Edna Cooper, management assistant to the Engineering Data Branch chief and an alternative dispute resolution mediator, has another opportunity before her to expand her skills as she walks into the role of Federal Women's Program manager at Hill Air Force Base. Denise Elbert, outgoing manager, described her own experience this way, "Being the program manager is an opportunity for professional... Read more
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times correspondent
More than two years ago, Stephen Bradshaw was cleaning his basement when memories of a war 20 years past returned to him through the contents in a plain box. In the box were letters he had written to his wife, Diane, since the inception of Operation Desert Shield in August of 1990 and, subsequently, the start of Operation Desert Storm in January of 1991. Bradshaw was unaware that his wife saved... Read more
Bob Fehringer, U.S. Transportation Command
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- When your unit is surrounded by an enemy hitting you with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, and mortar rounds are screaming in and you're running low on food, ammunition and everything else, you can't exactly send someone to Walmart for supplies. That's when you pray for an airdrop. Now. "Sometimes these missions are like driving an 18-wheeler through a... Read more
Hilltop Times staff, Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs
Bring a contractor, family member, Department of Defense civilian or other visitor onto Hill Air Force Base and the first words out of their mouth typically are, "Who can shop the Exchange?" While authorizations governing who can buy merchandise and services at the Base Exchange often apply to a chosen few, the doors to Army and Air Force Exchange Service fast food and convenience stores,... Read more
Patricia Cerone, Health and Wellness Center
There are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes and cigarette smoke. If you use tobacco: Arsenic is a rat poison. You're poisoning yourself. Ammonia is used in fertilizers. You're smoking crap. Polonium is radioactive, and you're chewing or smoking it. Turpentine is used as a paint stripper. Imagine it stripping your insides. Lead is the wrong kind of heavy metal for you. No matter how long... Read more
April Rowden, Air Force Manpower Agency Public Affairs Office
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- With only weeks remaining to classify Air Force civilian jobs into the legacy General Schedule personnel system, Air Force classifiers are ensuring NSPS positions have a current GS title, series and grade before the NSPS conversion out date. The Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act repealed the National Security Personnel System, resulting in the... Read more
Catherine McNally, Hilltop Times staff
Retirement -- it's the day most of us are eagerly waiting for, the day we get to kick back, relax, and stop worrying about work. For Marco, a seasoned Military Working Dog stationed here at Hill Air Force Base, his days of relaxing on the couch and chasing squirrels began last week on July 6. At age 13, Marco was one of the oldest working dogs serving in the military and was the last "Bravo"... Read more
Master Sgt. Jon Young, 367th Training Support Squadron Training Development flight Cchie
On the west end of Hill Air Force Base, wedged in between the contracting building and the Poe Conference Center, is the home of the 367th Training Support Squadron. This unique squadron has served the training needs for Air Combat Command and Air Mobility Command aircraft and munitions maintenance continuation training for over two decades and is leading the way in future Air Force and... Read more