Air Force News Service
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Immunizations against the H1N1 virus will soon be available, and people are eager to take precautions. Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra beneficiaries can get their shots from network and non-network providers without paying a deductible or making a co-payment. A temporary waiver allows retired Tricare Prime enrollees to get the H1N1 immunization from non-network providers... Read more
Who will conduct fitness tests and where will the program be administered? Answer: Trained civilian employees will conduct fitness tests. The fitness program will be administered at new centrally located fitness assessment cells, or FAC. For geographically separated units or other locations with less than 1,000 military members, Airmen may travel to the closest base with a FAC at their commander'... Read more
Every Thursday, with a rare few exceptions, take the challenge to help your preparations in the Fit to Fight Program stay in track, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Warrior Fitness Center. Male and female winners will earn certificates good for free smoothies at the Juice Bar. >> Tonight, Rowing Night 1 Kilometer, 500 Meters, 100 Meters >> Nov. 11, Rock Race >> Dec. 3 , 1600 Meter... Read more
With the onset of H1N1 still prevalent the risk of seasonal flu can be overlooked. The 75th Medical Group continues to have seasonal flu mist available to beneficiaries ages 2 and older and to those under the age of 50. Read more
President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Oct. 28. The act contains several retirement changes. The Ogden Air Logistics Center Entitlements and Benefits Unit will provide additional information and guidance as soon as possible. >> Credit for sick leave in the computation of Federal Employee Retirement System annuities is effective at 50 percent immediately and... Read more
Ready to deploy? Need to relax? The Team Hill Air Expeditionary Force retreat weekend, Dec. 4-6, still has openings available. Pre-registration is available through your unit's first sergeant until Nov. 25 and spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served priority basis for deployers, redeployers and their immediate families. A $50 reservation fee per family applies, which covers the cost... Read more
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
"We are all brothers in arms," said Col. Calvin Williams, 75th Air Base Wing vice commander, as he talked about the first daytime dignified transfer for another armed service conducted Oct. 29 at Hill Air Force Base. Private 1st Class Kimble A. Han was killed in Afghanistan after the vehicle he was in was hit by an improvised explosive device and surrounded by insurgents. Han's family who lives... Read more
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C., recently launched a new Web site to highlight its new Year of the Air Force Family campaign theme, "The Air Force is a great place to live, work, play." The Web site,, is "designed to highlight the great programs and activities we offer that significantly contribute to the overall quality of life for Airmen and their families,"... Read more
Suzie Schwartz, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz at the Maxwell AFB, Ala., A&FRC (Melanie Rodgers Cox)
Kimberly L. Wright, Air University Public Affairs
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Suzie Schwartz, the wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, brought her unique perspective to the Maxwell AFB Key Spouse Forum, sharing personal stories, words of encouragement and helpful resources. The Key Spouse Program is an emphasis area for the Year of Air Force Family, which came into being as a result of the Caring for People Conference, she... Read more
A C-119 Flying Boxcar similar to the one displayed at Hill Aerospace Museum. (Courtesy photo)
Amy Kemp Butler, Hill Air Force Base History Office
The C-119 Flying Boxcar was a significant asset to the U.S. Air Force operations around the world beginning in the early 1950s. The planes, manufactured by Fairchild Aircraft, totaled 1,183 built, two of which are still airworthy in Alaska. The C-119 was initially a redesign of the C-82 Packet built between 1945 and 1948. The C-82 had performance limitations which were corrected in the C-119.... Read more