TRICARE.mil staff
January 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military pharmacies and Tricare Pharmacy Home Delivery will remain the lowest-cost pharmacy option for Tricare beneficiaries when some Tricare pharmacy copays change Feb. 1. Most copays for prescription drugs in the home delivery program and retail network pharmacies will increase slightly. The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act requires Tricare to change its... Read more
DARLENE Y. COWSERT, Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs
January 14, 2016
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Taking the reins of Air Force chief of safety nearly six months ago, Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller took command on the heels of the safest year in Air Force manned aviation history.Fiscal year 2014 ended with only seven Class A mishaps, which produced a rate of 0.43 Class As per 100,000 flight hours for manned aircraft. By comparison, there were 19 Class As in fiscal... Read more
January 14, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — A recent inquiry, directed by the Air Force chief of staff, into the investigation and disposition of alleged instructor pilot misconduct at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, has concluded.Based on the inspector general inquiry and general officer review, it was determined the investigations and subsequent administrative actions taken by Air Force leadership... Read more
TECH. SGT. ROBERT CLOYS, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing
January 14, 2016
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — A weasel is characterized by its tenacity, persistence and keen senses. It is an animal also known for its ability to react quickly in any given situation. An airlift squadron at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, shares these characteristics.Airmen of the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron encompass the characteristics of their mascot, and the loadmasters who work there... Read more
January 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force officials announced a new initiative Dec. 17 to enhance the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission by integrating enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilots into the force.Air Force officials stated a dynamic threat environment calls for innovative approaches to high-demand missions. After careful consideration and with an eye toward potential future... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 7, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Lockheed-Martin and the Pentagon’s F-35 Program Office say they’ve finished delivering jets for 2015, increasing their yield from last year by 25 percent.Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman with the F-35 Joint Program Office at the Pentagon, said 45 F-35’s were delivered, which met Lockheed and the program office’s delivery goal for the year and exceeded last year’s deliveries by... Read more


Commentary: A puzzle called ‘me’

SENIOR AIRMAN SHANE MITCHELL, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
January 7, 2016
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional stress was unmanageable. I put myself between a rock and an even bigger rock; a “hard place” would have been a relief.Hell, at one point, I even... Read more
January 7, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force officials announced on Dec. 21 that Tops in Blue, the service-unique entertainment program, will cancel its 2016 season, allowing an extended review of the program. Over the last year, submissions to the Air Force’s Airmen Powered by Innovation program reflected recommendations to cancel Tops in Blue because of the required manpower and associated cost. Secretary... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 7, 2016
OGDEN — What do you do if you’re Hill Air Force Base and you need space to troubleshoot a significant F-16 repair issue that won’t interfere with the regular maintenance assembly line?Call Weber State University, of course.The Top of Utah’s military complex has teamed up with the area’s higher education system to form a new partnership that allows engineers from Hill to use WSU’s recently... Read more
Wayne L. Welninski, 75th Force Support Squadron
January 7, 2016
It was a pleasant day, that Tuesday. We had just finished our morning roundtable and were on our way to our respective divisions. My friend didn’t look well ... kind of pale, maybe ashen … and kind of sweaty. In fact, he was pouring sweat.  I asked him, “Are you OK?”  He said he was fine, “just a little tired.”  He stumbled and seemed to conserve strength by leaning against... Read more

In The Know

In The Know Family days for 2016AFMC has designated the following days as “AFMC... more