Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
March 19, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Kyle Bushey says he thought of only two things during a grim, 10-hour firefight he endured in Afghanistan last year: keeping his team safe and staying alive to see his then-unborn son.Bushey, 24, is a staff sergeant and bomb technician with the 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight at Hill Air Force Base. In February 2014, Bushey’s very first deployment sent him to... Read more
Breanne Smith, AFCEC Public Affairs
March 19, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas — Airmen signing a lease to live in privatized homes on base may no longer be covered by a renters insurance provision, due to a recent Department of Defense change in basic allowance for housing. The Department of Defense opted to eliminate the renters insurance component of BAH, an average of $20 each month per member, as of Jan. 1.As a result of... Read more
March 19, 2015
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air ForceC. Anthony “Tony” Braswell (right) is appointed March 9 to the Senior Executive Service and the position as Director, Contracting Directorate, at Hill Air Force Base. The oath of office was administered by Nancy Andrews, Air Force Sustainment Center Contracting Directorate, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.  Read more
Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
March 19, 2015
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — Senior Airman Yia Thao, a 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate paralegal, was raised to know that hard work reaps great rewards. The work ethic and dedication that builds a better future runs deep in his family and continues through Thao and his siblings today.Thao was born in Thailand in the American refugee camp of Bamvinah. Throughout his childhood, he watched... Read more
March 19, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, TEXAS — Enlisted Airmen in 23 Air Force specialty codes may be eligible to receive a selective reenlistment bonus effective March 12, Air Force officials announced last week.The Air Force is moving forward with a higher end-strength, so AFSCs eligible for the SRB program will increase to address retention of experienced Airmen in some key mission areas such as... Read more
Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
March 19, 2015
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Excessive use of force by law enforcement is a topic that has plagued U.S. headlines more than once in 2014. While the civilian police force is responsible for de-escalating a situation at the lowest level, the military is held to the same standard.Although tackling issues with no harm to others is the intent of all Air Force security forces members, they must train... Read more
March 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory status with the possibility of converting another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015.The Secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to 36 A-10 aircraft into BAI status. Although... Read more
March 12, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to our Air Force family in need (active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and our dependents, including surviving spouses). The charitable affiliate organizations provide support in an emergency, with educational needs or a secure retirement home for widows or... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
March 12, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — 388th Fighter Wing Senior Airman Kamryn Dungy competed with the Air Force Boxing Team this year and recently became the 2015 San Antonio Region Golden Gloves Champion in his weight class (152 pounds). But his journey to success was laden with roadblocks.When the 22-year-old entered basic training in the Air Force four years ago, he announced to his family and friends that... Read more
March 12, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has selected 1,257 master sergeants for promotion to senior master sergeant.The selection rate was 8.75 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 680.90. Selectees’ average time-in-grade was 4.34 years, and time-in-service was 18.79 years. Average enlisted performance report score was 135; average decorations score was 20.67;... Read more

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