AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CHRISTOPHER THORNBURY, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
July 7, 2016
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — Families often carry a profession through their generations. For Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips and his grandfather, they’ve helped maintain the aerial refueling mission.Phillips, the 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, is assigned to the KC-135 Stratotanker, the same aircraft his grandfather once worked on nearly 60 years before.Raymond Hopper, a... Read more
RICK BRINK, DeCA public affairs specialist
July 7, 2016
FORT LEE, Va. — Army National Guard gray area retiree JoAnn Czerwinski lives in Fargo, North Dakota, about 75 miles away from a commissary, too far to shop there regularly. But thanks to twice-a-year Guard/Reserve On-Site Sales in Fargo, she stretches her food dollars by stocking up on items, especially meat, at low commissary prices to feed her family of four. “I’ve been to lots of these... Read more
J.D. LEVITE, Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs
July 7, 2016
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Innovation is a buzzword often associated with new technology platforms or successful sports teams, but in reality innovation can apply anywhere someone comes up with a new idea or way of doing something.When it comes to health innovation and research in the Air Force Medical Service, it’s all about finding new solutions to improve health care throughout the Air Force.“There’s... Read more
July 7, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force introduced the first of 21 fully built HH-60G Pave Hawk Operational Loss Replacement (OLR) helicopters June 28 at a ceremony in Huntsville, Alabama.The HH-60G is used to conduct combat search and rescue operations. The OLR program will restore the service’s HH-60G fleet to its authorized size, replacing aircraft lost in nearly 15 years of deployed combat... Read more
June 30, 2016
Col. Jennifer Hammerstedt assumed command of the 75th Air Base Wing and became installation commander of Hill AFB during a change of command ceremony Tuesday morning.Hammerstedt comes to Hill from Robins AFB, Georgia, where she served as commander of the 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group from July 2014 until her departure to become commander of the 75th ABW. “There really is no greater honor... Read more
GEN. ELLEN M. PAWLIKOWSKI, Air Force Materiel Command Commander
June 30, 2016
The Fourth of July is a day of celebration. Whether with parades, fireworks, backyard barbecues or enjoying a baseball game, we Americans will soon celebrate our nation’s birthday.Our founding fathers’ vision of a free nation was commemorated in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence. They believed all people have certain undeniable rights - the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of... Read more
SHANNON COLLINS, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
June 30, 2016
After a week of intense international competition, the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games drew to a close here June 21 with a medal ceremony and concert, followed by fireworks.Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley reminded the audience that the competitors, representing all services, the U.S. Special Operations Command and the United Kingdom armed forces, were the best of the best.“This... Read more
DOUG GIBSON, Special to the Hilltop Times
June 30, 2016
Little Lusee Williams of Washington Terrace was enjoying the USAF Thunderbirds Friday afternoon. Lusee, 4, suffers from serious breathing problems. She joined her mom, Brittnay Williams, her sister, Hannah, 7, and many other children and families, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Utah Foundation. The group arranged to have the Thunderbirds practice for an hour in front of the children. Lusee... Read more


Commentary: ACC: F-35 on track for IOC

TECH. SGT. STEVE STANLEY, Air Combat Command Public Affairs
June 30, 2016
The F-35A Lightning II is on track to declare initial operational capability between August and December.IOC is the first step Air Combat Command will take in bringing the F-35 online as the latest fifth-generation multirole fighter. In IOC configuration, the aircraft will be able to penetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable... Read more
SHANNON COLLINS, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
June 30, 2016
Medically retired Master Sgt. Reese Hines earned the “Ultimate Champion” title and bragging rights at the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy here.Vying for the title, athletes competed in their respective disability classifications in five sporting events. Each service branch was allotted two slots for a man and woman. Service branches also earned team points... Read more

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