Hilltop Times staff
August 7, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE – Residents around Hill may notice an increase in aircraft arrivals and departures Aug. 11-22 as the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron conducts the U.S. Air Force air-to-ground exercise known as Combat Hammer and air-to-air exercise known as Combat Archer.During the next couple of weeks, four units will deploy to Hill and three units will travel directly to the Utah Test and... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
August 7, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Love to run? Looking for a way to get involved at Hill Air Force Base  and stay fit? The fall Cross Country season is quickly approaching and Hill’s avid runners would love for you to join them in this eight race Cross Country Team season running from September 4th-October 23rd. “If you love to run, and you are here at Hill AFB, you are part of our huge running... Read more
Ting Shi, Bloomberg News
August 7, 2014
HONG KONG — China showed off newfound fighter-jet skills in 2011 with video suspiciously similar to a “Top Gun” clip. Now, the 1986 blockbuster has another parallel as Chinese pilots emulate Tom Cruise’s character in fly-bys of rivals.While not quite the scene with Cruise in an inverted-jet encounter, Chinese aircraft buzzed Japanese planes near disputed East China Sea islands in May and June in... Read more
Air Force News Service
August 7, 2014
WASHINGTON – Up to 40 active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officers and enlisted members who meet eligibility requirements will be offered between one and three years of partially-paid time out of uniform to focus on personal and professional pursuits under the Career Intermission Pilot Program, Air Force officials announced today.Under the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON — In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs July 15, Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists and into clinics.“The trust that is the foundation of all we do — the trust of the veterans we serve, and the trust of the American people and... Read more
Terri Moon Cronk, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON – Service members and their families can be easy targets for scammers, and financial education is key to prevention, the deputy director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth.In an interview with DOD News, Navy Cmdr. Peter Hoegel noted that July 16 is Military Consumer Protection Day.The July 16 observance is part of the long-term Financial Readiness Campaign... Read more
Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., DOD News, Defense Media Activity
July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has joined more than 35 other federal and state government agencies and nonprofit organizations to highlight free consumer protection resources for military members, the assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said July 16.Holly Petraeus noted in a blog post that July 16 was Military Consumer Protection Day and that efforts are underway... Read more
1st Lt. Christopher J. Mesnard, Air Force Global Strike Public Affairs
July 31, 2014
Barksdale Air Force Base, La. — The first B-2 Spirit to “slip the surly bonds of earth” celebrated its 25th anniversary of flight July 17, providing the Airmen and civilians who work with the airframe a chance to reflect on the strategic impact 20 aircraft can have in the entire Defense Department arsenal.The image, first envisioned by World War II pilot and poet John Gillespie in his poem High... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental satellite into near-geosynchronous Earth orbit July 23.According to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, “these operational and experimental systems will enhance the nation’s ability to monitor and assess events regarding our military and commercial systems. In essence, they will create a space... Read more
Staff Sgt. Patrick Harrower, 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
July 31, 2014
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody visited Travis Air Force Base, Calif. to meet Airmen and thank them for their service, July 9 to 11.During the visit, Cody toured the base and hosted an Airmen’s Call to discuss the future of the Air Force and force management challenges.“We have to make some tough decisions and we are going to get smaller,” Cody... Read more

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Patience requested during gate closures As publicized, the South Gate is closed through Oct. 5 for the... more