Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 5, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Each week for most of the year — except for a break during summer months — a free Climbing 101 course is offered at the Warrior Fitness Center for those who are eligible to work out in the WFC and who are over the age 13. A dedicated team of volunteers manages the wall and climbing program and has fine-tuned the language of this class to make it easy to follow, fun to... Read more
1ST LT. KAYLEE AUSBUN, 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
February 5, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen in the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 466th AMU will compete in a weapons load competition in Hangar 37 here at 8 a.m. Feb. 13 to determine which unit will be named “Weapons Load Crew of the Year.”  The 421st, an active-duty squadron under the 388th Fighter Wing, and the 466th, a reserve squadron under the 419th Fighter Wing will go head-to-head in the... Read more
February 5, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget request Feb. 2, following the Defense Department and sister services budget briefings.The Air Force fiscal year 2016 budget request supports the defense strategy and combatant commander requirements. It continues readiness recovery, reduces the short-term capacity risk assumed in the fiscal year 2015 budget while... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN JENSEN STIDHAM, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
February 5, 2015
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C.  — Walking through the 20th Maintenance Group building, it would be appropriate to stop and gaze into the office of one senior leader there. Eyes would be greeted with several mannequins wearing different shades of green and blue, each decorated with metals and ribbons.For most of his life, Lt. Col. Kyle Clement, the 20th MXG deputy commander, has been preserving... Read more
HOLLY PETRAEUS, Consumer Financial Protection Agency
February 5, 2015
Military personnel who have trouble handling their personal finances can very quickly find their duty status, potential promotions and even military careers in jeopardy. And, over time, the lingering burden of debt can add stress to personal relationships and damage their credit profile. But does that debt have to be a career killer?Service members, veterans and military families have submitted... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
February 5, 2015
In a short period of time, smartphones have completely changed the way we live. However, much like Newton’s Third Law of Motion (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction), these changes have had both positive and negative consequences. Positive: Instant messaging and texting allow us to stay in contact with friends and loved ones at all times. If you’re a parent concerned... Read more
Janis El Shabazz, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
February 5, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, said Office of Personnel Management officials.Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same coverage and... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent, Hilltop Times corrrespondent
February 5, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A nearly $1 billion defense contract that involves maintaining the United States’ intercontinental missile reserve will bring a cluster of new work to Hill Air Force Base.According to the Department of Defense contracts office, the U.S. Air Force just awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a contract for the support of Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Ground... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 5, 2015
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said he spoke about key issues affecting national security with Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter last week as Carter heads into his confirmation hearings this week.Carter was nominated by President Barack Obama on Dec. 5 to replace Chuck Hagel as the U.S. Secretary of Defense.Lee currently serves on the Committee on Armed Services and wanted to get some insight... Read more
TECH. SGT. NATALIE STANLEY, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
February 5, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During testimony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact that sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.“Pilots sitting in a squadron looking out at their airplanes parked on a ramp certainly feels like... Read more

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