Derek Kaufman, Air Force Material Command Public affairs
May 5, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — In 2030 and beyond, the Air Force will achieve air superiority with a networked family of capabilities that may include legacy systems like the F-22 and F-35, new concepts such as manned/unmanned teaming, and advanced weapons including lasers, hypersonic munitions or cyber capabilities.To help the Air Force define and develop future capabilities, Air Force... Read more
STAFF SGT. KATHERINE TEREYAMA, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs
May 5, 2016
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — At 10 a.m. on any given Wednesday, one could walk into the 305th Operations Support Squadron’s leadership meeting and see a strange sight.Airmen sit around the conference room table and in chairs along the walls, variously clothed in a sea of green flight suits and Airman battle uniforms. Each has their eyes closed, boot heels planted on the floor, palms... Read more
May 5, 2016
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — To increase access to care, the Defense Department is launching an Urgent Care Pilot Program for Tricare Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or Tricare-authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization.“We’d prefer they call us, but if they’re in a crunch, members can now go to an urgent-care facility twice without a... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Special to the Hilltop Times
April 28, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — In just over two months, Hill Air Force Base will open its gates and welcome in more than a half-million strangers.The 2016 “Warriors Over the Wasatch” open house and air show has been set for June 25 and 26. Organizers expect more than half a million visitors to converge on the base’s flightline for the two-day aerial exhibition.The free show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m... Read more
CHIEF MASTER SGT. JACK JOHNSON JR., NATO Allied Command Transformation
April 28, 2016
We were all created different. We think differently, perceive things differently, and interpret success and failure through very different lenses. At each person’s unique period in life, they begin to look back, wondering if they truly made a difference. For many, that difference can only be defined by one’s self, regardless of achievements, big or small. The “should have”, “could have” and... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
April 28, 2016
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Hilltop Times staff
April 28, 2016
Are you the spouse of a Team Hill member? Ever wondered what people do at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex? Now is your opportunity to discover what goes on behind the doors and gates. Brigadier Gen. Steven J. Bleymaier, commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, invites all Team Hill Spouses (military, civilian and contractor spouses) to attend an Ogden Air Logistics Complex depot... Read more
ALEX R. LLOYD, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
April 28, 2016
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex here became the first depot facility to perform modifications on all three F-35 Lightning II variants after it inducted a Navy F-35C carrier version April 15.The F-35C was flown in from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, by Navy Capt. Mark Weisgerber, the 33rd Fighter Wing vice commander.“Hill has the capacity to accomplish the needed modifications, and it is important... Read more
CMSgt STEVE K. MCDONALD, ACC Command Chief
April 28, 2016
In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On Sunday, March 4, 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough time for our family. I have always wondered how different my life would be if I still had a big brother. This letter is an attempt to... Read more
JEREMY GERLACH, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Public Affairs
April 28, 2016
In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, a pararescueman, was sent to rescue a group of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter.A round bounced off the helicopter’s door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left. Over the next 3 1/2 years, doctors performed 20 surgeries as they tried to save the limb.O’... Read more

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