CAPT. EYDIE SAKURA, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
January 28, 2016
KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. Air Force delivered four A-29 Super Tucanos to the Afghan Air Force Jan. 15 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan. Eight combat-ready attack pilots and a handful of maintainers graduated Dec. 17, and have returned to Afghanistan after a year of training with the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The pilots are the first of 30... Read more
January 28, 2016
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — An F-35 fighter jet from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12.The flight sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, was piloted by David Nelson, the Lockheed Martin chief F-35 test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base.The AIM-9X is an advanced infrared... Read more
Senior Airman William Blankenship, Maxwell Air Force Base Public Affairs
January 28, 2016
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Phillips Brooks, the American Episcopal clergyman who authored “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” once said, “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”The quote from a renowned Christian lyricist mirrors the life of Air Force Special Agent Chester McBride, killed in action Dec. 21, 2015.“We had heard on the news that something... Read more
LISA FERDINANDO, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
January 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the holidays now over, service members and their families might start looking toward another annual event, albeit one that generally garners far less excitement — filing taxes.The Defense Department wants service members and their families to know they can get free tax consultations and tax-filing software through Military OneSource, according to Erika Slaton, the program... Read more
January 28, 2016
Whether you are a first-time investor or have been investing for years, here are 10 tips from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s, or SEC’s, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy to help you make more informed investing decisions and avoid common scams in 2016. • Always check the background of an investment professional — it is easy and free. Details on an investment professional’s... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Special to the Hilltop Times
January 28, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — After nearly 20 years in active-duty service, Christopher Howe will be leaving the military in April — and his timing, he says, couldn’t have been better.Howe, a master sergeant at Hill Air Force Base, will be one of about two dozen veterans participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s inaugural “Solar Ready Vets” program at the base. The class at Hill falls under a... Read more
BRAD BELL, 75th ABW Judge Advocate Office
January 28, 2016
With this year being an important election year in which voters will select a new president, along with other federal, state and local candidates, it is appropriate to once again send out some friendly reminders about the dos and don’ts when it comes to civil service and your political participation.The rules governing political activities for civilian employees are different from those that... Read more
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

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In The Know Hill AFB Ski Day set for Feb. 12Hill AFB military, civilians and... more