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May 14, 2015
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Air Force officials announced on May 7 the retirement of Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield, commander of Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.The general will retire effective June 5, after 34 years of service.Litchfield entered the Air Force in 1981 as a distinguished graduate from the ROTC program at Norwich... Read more
Senior Airma Holly Mansfield, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs
May 14, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby was the 75th Air Base Wing commander at Hill Air Force Base from April 2009 to June 2011.KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss.  — As a self-proclaimed “military brat,” Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby was engulfed in the Air Force culture long before he put on the uniform.From his cradle in a small village in western Germany to the position of the 81st Training Wing... Read more
May 14, 2015
HEBERLance Cpl. Blaine A. Welch,USMCDec. 9, 1947 - Aug. 22, 196820 years oldRifleman1 year of service HELPERPfc. Dee Bergera, USAAug. 31, 1948 - June 15, 197122 years oldInfantryman Sgt. Louis P. Spensko, USMCNov. 20, 1945 - May 13, 196822 years oldRifleman3 years of service HILL AIR FORCE BASECapt. Phillip H. Jacobs, USADec. 30, 1947 - Sept. 27, 197022 years oldRotary Wing... Read more
Bill Orndorff, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
May 7, 2015
Quick thinking and good communication not only saved a $13 million aircraft and its pilot, it also averted a possible tragedy close to Hill Air Force Base.On Jan. 10, 2014, Lt. Col. James “G-Man” Doyle, an Air Force Reserve pilot with the 514th Flight Test Squadron, was taking off on a functional test flight on an A-10C Thunderbolt when he realized something was wrong.“Right as the landing gear... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
May 7, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Depending on who the Airmen tells, reporting a sexual assault in the Air Force can have two very different outcomes.As the Air Force doubled its efforts in the month of April to provide tools and resources aimed at preventing sexual assault, officials are tying to educate Airmen about the rules and caveats that accompany their selected method of reporting a sex crime. ... Read more
Senior Airman Hailey Haux, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
May 7, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The chief of the Air Force Reserve and the director of the Air National Guard testified April 29 alongside the other services’ Reserve chiefs and Guard directors before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense.With the threat of sequestration-level funding looming, both the Guard director and Reserve chief said they need the support of Congress to be ready... Read more
May 7, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Meeting and exceeding standards for software development helped the 309th Software Maintenance Group and 516th Software Maintenance Squadron achieve a Capability Maturity Model Integration v1.3, Level 5 rating on March 26.The CMMI v1.3, Level 5 rating is the highest possible rating level designated by the CMMI Institute, which was developed by the Software Engineering... Read more
Kevin Elliott, AFCEC Public Affairs
May 7, 2015
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The president and chief executive officer of American Water, Inc., recently visited Hill Air Force Base to highlight the company’s role in the base’s water and wastewater system privatization.Susan N. Story met with Col. Ronald Jolly, 75th Air Base Wing commander, and visited the American Water contractors responsible for upgrading, operating and maintaining the... Read more
Capt. Ryan Decamp, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
May 7, 2015
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When the 56th Fighter Wing flagship F-35 Lightning II arrived at Luke Air Force Base April 28, it was the base’s 22nd F-35.Flying the aircraft from Lockheed Martin’s Forth Worth, Texas, plant to Arizona was Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, the 56th FW commander. The tail number for the aircraft is 5056, and the last two numbers represent the 56th FW.“The flagship’s arrival is... Read more
Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle, 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
May 7, 2015
F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — During his visit to F.E. Warren Air Force Base April 27-28, Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the U.S. Strategic Command commander, reinforced how essential the intercontinental ballistic missile mission is — and some face-to-face engagement allowed Haney to seek bottom-up feedback from Airmen of all ranks.“As commander of (U.S.) Strategic Command, my top priority is to... Read more

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