Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 29, 2015
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Members of the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group here prepared F-16 Fighting Falcons and secured the skies of Afghanistan during a mission  on Jan. 9.The F-16 is a multi-role fighter aircraft that provides air superiority, enabling freedom of movement for troops on the ground... Read more
309th Aircraft Maintenance Group
January 29, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group’s C-130 team recently shattered its aircraft delivery performance record by delivering an aircraft in 107 flow days. The 572nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron completed the aircraft Dec. 18 and bested its previous record by 10 days. Officials said it was a critical milestone on the “AFSC Way journey,” discovering the “Art of the... Read more
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
January 29, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, was selected as the host base for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Headquarters.Air Force officials chose the installation after analyzing operational considerations, installation attributes, and economic and environmental factors at four candidate locations. “Following site surveys at the four candidate locations, we... Read more


Commentary: Air Force Enlisted Village:

SENIOR MASTER SGT. BILL FORTENBERRY, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant
January 29, 2015
(The Air Force Enlisted Village is one of four organizations supported by the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, which will kick off at Hill Air Force Base on March 2.)DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s... Read more
STAFF SGT. MARIA BOWMAN, 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
January 29, 2015
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — When I was a teenager, I saw a movie about a college student who was raped by her brother’s fraternity brother at a party. I remember being saddened by what happened to her; not only by the act of sexual assault, but by how the school’s administrators and students treated her when she decided to come forward. The school didn’t want to believe her, because her... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 29, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force’s approval of an enormous bombing range over the Northern Plains will reduce the number of sorties sent to the Utah Test and Training Range, but will have little impact beyond that, defense officials said earlier this month.The Air Force approved a proposal earlier this week to expand the Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. The... Read more
Jenny Gordon, Robins Public Affairs
January 29, 2015
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — There are times when what you can’t see can be a lifesaver, especially when it comes to ensuring the safety of F-15 pilots.In November, an extensive crack was discovered during a routine nondestructive inspection of a right F-15 wing spar, the critical component that attaches to the aircraft.An initial ultrasound inspection of the spar included a particularly... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 29, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — For those looking for tax assistance, the base tax center is open now through April 17. The center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in  the Poe Conference Center, in building 1295, with five volunteers on hand for free, walk-in service for active-duty, Reserve or Guard members on Title 10 orders, dependents and retirees. Last year, the tax center helped over... Read more
STAFF SGT. ERICA PICARIELLO, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
January 29, 2015
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — While some might make a more concerted effort to turn off light switches or unplug unused electronics, one Clinton, Utah, native and Brigham Young University graduate conserves energy by applying it to his morning commute.For more than two decades, David Dawson, Maxwell Air Force Base’s Air Force Officer Training School director of staff, has made the personal... Read more
Justin Oakes, 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
January 29, 2015
BEDFORD, Mass. — Emphasizing the overarching criticality of the work the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center performs, its commander, Lt. Gen. John Thompson, delivered his initial State of the Center address here Jan. 15.Thompson emphasized the progress made over the course of the year, highlighted AFLCMC and Hanscom successes and presented his focus areas for 2015.Homing in on the... Read more