BRAD BELL, 75th ABW Judge Advocate Office
January 28, 2016
As you know, DOD has a longstanding policy of encouraging military personnel to carry out the obligations of citizenship. However, as an active-duty member, you cannot engage in partisan political activities and you must avoid the inference that your political activities imply or appear to imply DOD sponsorship, approval or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign or cause. The... Read more
January 21, 2016
January 16 marked the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm, the U.S.-led coalition effort to destroy Saddam Hussein’s war machine and his invasion to overpower Kuwait. It was the largest air campaign since World War II and established the United States Air Force as the dominant presence in the modern battlespace. More than 60,000 total force Airmen were deployed, nearly 70,000 sorties were... Read more
BRIG. GEN. CRAIG LA FAVE, Total Force-Continuum Office
January 21, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “See all those contrails heading north, captain?” the salty lieutenant colonel asked me on Jan. 16, 1991.“Yes sir!” I replied, flying as a brand-new aircraft commander in the C-141B Starlifter.The contrails covered the darkening sky and seemed like hundreds of fingers reaching north into Iraq to grab Saddam Hussein. “That means we are at war,” said the colonel, as the cockpit... Read more
ILKA COLE, Eglin Air Force Base Public Affairs
January 21, 2016
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The 96th Medical Group’s laboratory provided the first human blood sample of a spirochete bacteria, known to cause tick-borne relapsing fever, to be cultured at the Centers for Disease Control.The bacteria, Borrelia turicatae, had previously only been cultured in animals, according to Maj. (Dr.) Benjamin Stermole, Eglin Air Force Base’s infectiologist.The rare... Read more
CRYSTAL YOUNG, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
January 21, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Solar Ready Vets program announced by President Barack Obama during a visit to Hill Air Force Base in April 2015 will begin training the first class of 24 veterans transitioning to the civilian workforceThe training, which begins Feb. 1, is being provided by Salt Lake Community College in partnership with the Department of Energy, which oversees the initiative. Some of... Read more
STAFF SGT. MICHAEL BATTLES, 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
January 21, 2016
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — The word “volunteer” is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.”In a given week, I’m asked three to four times why I volunteer my personal time as much as I do to organizations that are not my primary duty. The answer has and will always be the same: that the organizations I... Read more
January 21, 2016
The Hill Aerospace Museum hosts a “Plane Talk” series featuring speakers related to the heritage of Hill Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force, other military branches, and many other subjects related to the aerospace and the defense industry.Plane Talk is held at 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Hill Aerospace Museum auditorium.The series began at the museum more than 20 years ago and is held in the fall... Read more
Dana Rimington, Special to the Hilltop Times
January 21, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — It was time spent reflecting on the life of an American hero at Hill AFB last week during the Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration luncheon, where Utah State Rep. Sandra Hollins said we are still facing similar battles to those King fought almost 50 years ago. “We are here to celebrate the life of a man who left a powerful legacy ... and blessed this world with a spirit... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 21, 2016
Over the past few months, the Hill AFB Gerrity Memorial Library underwent major upgrades to modernize and update the facility for users. On Jan. 13, the grand reopening took place for excited patrons. With approximately 80,000 library circulation materials, 60,000 patrons last year, and 6,000 registered users, this heavily trafficked base resource received a facelift after approval was... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Special to the Hilltop Times
January 21, 2016
On Jan. 4, Matthew Longshaw’s quiet dinner with co-workers in Kabul, Afghanistan was interrupted by a loud, reverberating blast — a jarring noise that he and his dinner mates quickly recognized as a terrorist attack.According to a report from the 455th Expeditionary Wing, a provisional U.S. Central Command unit stationed in Afghanistan that supports the ongoing war on terror, Longshaw was one of... Read more

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In The Know Family days for 2016AFMC has designated the following days as “AFMC... more