WWII veteran Tony Stepanek salutes his grandson Capt. Chris Stepanek, 388 FW/4 FS F-16 fighter pilot. (Lee Anne Hensley)
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
In the company of family and friends, World War II veteran, Tony Stepanek, received an American flag on Veterans Day from his grandson, 388th Fighter Wing F-16 pilot, Capt. Chris Stepanek, which he carried in his jet as he flew combat missions over Iraq during his last deployment there. "Grandpa, you are an inspiration to me with your service to our country during World War II," the captain told... Read more
A fox is caught on camera near the flightline at Hill Air Force Base in this photo taken in April 2009.
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
Before Hill Air Force Base was built, wildlife were the only inhabitants of the expanse of land the base occupies. Now, employees and housing residents coexist with the remaining wildlife, and it is the duty of the 75th Civil Engineer Group Natural Resources division to balance that coexistence while maintaining the base's overall mission. "The habitat here is more conducive to urban-type of... Read more
75th Security Forces Squadron
While driving on base Nov. 28, visitors, military and civilian workers can expect to encounter a Safety and Driving Under the Influence Prevention Checkpoint. Though the gates already serve as such, Security Assistant Sam Ingram, of the 75th Security Forces Squadron, hopes the checkpoint will help educate and prevent even more security hazards on base. Personnel at the checkpoint will go over... Read more
When the military orders servicemembers to move, spouses who move with them often have to pay taxes in a new state or locality and lose the right to vote in the place considered to be home. The "Military Spouses Residency Relief Act," now allows military spouses to retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes after relocating. This legislation is designed to maintain the... Read more
ree at the Hill Thrift Shop suggests items for the veterans stockings. (Lee Anne Hensley)
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
Key Spouses have been a part of Hill Air Force Base for some time but recently, with the kick off for The Year of the Air Force Family, the program has come more into focus. Families have always been an important component in the Air Force, and in light of the steady stream of deployments Key Spouses are stepping up to take a "key" role in conjunction with leadership to ensure the focus is on the... Read more
Amy Kemp Butler, Ogden Air Logistics History Office
B-57 Canberra jet aircraft became a familiar sight at Hill Air Force Base during the mid- and late 1950s. Two of the base's early associate flying units were equipped with them; namely, Tactical Air Command's 461st Bombardment Wing (Light), and Air Defense Command's 4677th Defense Systems Evaluation Squadron. Both units were assigned here initially in late 1953. Upon their arrival, both flew... Read more
75th Medical Group
Contrary to some reports out there, the 75th Medical Group does not have the H1N1 vaccine; however it is expected to start receiving shipments of the vaccine sometime in late November to early December. Now is a great time to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu. It's relatively early in the flu season, (as the normal flu season runs from August to April), and seasonal influenza mist and shots are... Read more
Alan Payne, 775th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Inspector
Home fires kill more than 2,900 people in the United States every year and there are more than 200,000 people seen in emergency rooms for burn injuries. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Fire departments around the U.S. recently finished a successful fire prevention week campaign at the beginning of October. The theme this year was "Stay fire smart! Don't get... Read more
Armed Forces Print News
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Air Force has selected 417 senior master sergeants for promotion to the service's highest enlisted rank. Of those, four were selected at Hill Air Force Base. A total of 2,475 senior master sergeants were considered for a 16.85 percent selection rate. Last year's selection rate was 22.83 percent. The average score for those selected was 670.73, with an average... Read more
1st Lt. Nathan Allred, 75th Force Support Squadron
How will I schedule my fitness test with the FAC (Fitness Assessment Cell)? Answer: Unit Fitness Program Mangers, or UFPMs, will schedule unit members for their semi-annual fitness tests through the Health and Wellness Center's "People Helping People" application. UFPMs can gain access and training on the scheduling application by contacting the HAWC. More information about the new Air Force... Read more