Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
April 7, 2016
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — An F-16 from Hill Air Force Base crashed shortly after takeoff March 29 in Afghanistan.According to a press release from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs Unit at Bagram Airfield, the pilot safely ejected and was recovered by coalition forces.The pilot, whose name was not released, is being evaluated by medical personnel at the Craig Joint Theater... Read more
JOHN PRETTYMAN, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
April 7, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is taking no chances that a rare but catastrophic aircraft fire could destroy one of the U.S. Air Forces’ new F-­35 Lightning II jets.The Corps is completing construction on an $18.5 million hangar at Hill Air Force Base. The jet hangar is designed to house up to six F-­35 jets, allowing operators to provide maintenance and... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
April 7, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Software issues continue to plague the F-35 as program officials work feverishly to fix a glitch that causes the jet’s radar to shut down sporadically.During testimony given to the House Armed Services Committee last month, Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said significant challenges remain in completing the final block of software for the controversial next-generation... Read more
Terri Moon Cronk, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
April 7, 2016
The cowardly terror attacks the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims it leveled on Brussels, Belgium, last month highlight the critical need to defeat the extremists, the strategy and sustainment deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said on March 31.In a weekly update on counter-ISIL operations in Iraq and Syria, British army Maj. Gen. Doug Chalmers told... Read more
Jim Garamone, DoD News Features, Defense Media Activity
April 7, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Service members who serve or have served in Iraq or Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve will receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced March 30 in Tampa, Florida.Carter announced the new medal during the U.S. Central Command change of command ceremony. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III transferred the command’s flag to Army Gen. Joe... Read more
April 7, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Civilian Airmen can learn about available civilian developmental education opportunities during webcasts scheduled through April.The 2017 Civilian Developmental Education and Civilian Strategic Leadership Program call for nominations opened March 1 and applications must be in to Air Force Personnel Center by May 1. The webcasts support the Air Force’s... Read more
April 7, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Thirty-seven future supervisors completed the first step of enlisted professional military education during a graduation ceremony held at The Landing on March 25.  The Airman Leadership School graduates attended the 24-day/192-hour course focusing on developing leadership abilities, the profession of arms, and building effective communication.Congratulations to the... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
April 7, 2016
OGDEN — Utah’s former Veterans Affairs director just wants the U.S. Census Bureau to ask the public a simple question — maybe two.It’s a question (or two) that hasn’t been asked on the official Census questionnaire since 2000 and Terry Schow has been on a two-year mission to make sure it’s asked for the 2020 Census.“When they send out the questionnaire, why can’t they include a question that asks... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
April 7, 2016
OGDEN — Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation have asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide more help to veterans who live north of Salt Lake City.Last week, Republican Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, along with Republican Congressman Rob Bishop, sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, asking for a permanent Vet Center to be established somewhere in Northern Utah —... Read more
STAFF SGT. MICAIAH ANTHONY, 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
April 7, 2016
ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England — Airmen often go to the fitness center; some spend several hours a week toning their bodies, while others go to simply maintain their physique. But what about strengthening the mind? What’s going on in between the ears is just as important, if not more, than trying to build biceps or washboard abs. To help Airmen and their families stay mentally balanced... Read more

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