Air Force Reserve Command
February 19, 2015
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The Department of Defense budget request for fiscal year 2016 includes a number of proposed changes for the Air Force Reserve.If enacted into law, the DOD budget request would restore 2,100 manpower positions to the Air Force Reserve and increase the Air Force Reserve’s presence in a number of mission areas.“The budget request ensures the Air Force Reserve will remain... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 19, 2015
CENTERVILLE — It’s been nearly five years since Billy Kirkbride left the Earth and another 60 or so since he left the battlefield, but the legacy he built in both domains continues to thrive.Kirkbride, a Davis County area veteran who fought in World War II with an American-Canadian special forces unit nicknamed the Devil’s Brigade, posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal earlier this... Read more
Debbie Gildea, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
February 19, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Effective Sept. 30, military members will no longer be able to carry more than 60 days of leave into the next fiscal year, in accordance with 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requirements.Unless they are approved for special leave accrual, Regular Air Force and Active Guard Reserve - or AGR - members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it... Read more
Air Force News Service
February 19, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet instantaneously allows you to reach out across the Internet superhighway to share information or connect with loved ones. Despite how innocuous this may seem, without taking the proper precautions, your personal information can inadvertently fall into the wrong hands. “You have to assume that everyone is looking at it,” said Col. Mary Hanson, the senior... Read more
1ST LT. KAYLEE AUSBUN, 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
February 19, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Two teams from the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit and one from the 466th AMU competed in an annual weapons load competition in Hangar 37 here on Feb. 13. Every quarter, crews from both active duty and reserve units race to load weapons onto F-16s, then compete for the yearly title of Weapons Load Crew of the Year.Winners will be announced at the Maintenance Group annual... Read more
419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
February 19, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE —The 419th Fighter Wing named Zions Bank its Employer of the Year for 2014 during the wing’s annual awards banquet on Feb. 7.Each year, the 419th FW recognizes one civilian employer that shows exceptional support of reservists within the organization. These employers go above and beyond, making it easier for reservists to serve both their employer and their country.Zions Bank... Read more
LT. COL. SEAN BITTNER, 514th Flight Test Squadron commander
February 12, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Many Utahns have seen the A-10, F-16, F-22, F-35 and C-130 aircraft flying around Hill AFB and the Ogden-Salt Lake City area from time to time.What you may not realize is that the majority of these aircraft are flown by the pilots and air crew of the 514th Flight Test Squadron, 413th Flight Test Group, in support of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex mission. While small in... Read more


Commentary: I really shouldn't be here

CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
February 12, 2015
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life.There was a time when I was an enlisted aircraft electrical and environmental systems specialist and was part of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, at Joint... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 12, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Military Saves Week is quickly approaching, and active-duty service members, their families, retirees, and guard and reservists will have the opportunity to join in on valuable workshops and resources offered daily by the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The workshops offered during the week raise awareness about financial responsibility, preparedness and resources... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 12, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force’s fiscal year 2016 budget includes several effects — both positive and negative — on Hill Air Force Base.The proposed budget, which needs congressional approval, includes a plan to increase the Air Force’s total number of active-duty personnel by some 4,000 airmen. The Air Force will grow its active-duty force partly to address what it calls “key capability... Read more

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