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Shari Lopatin, TriWest Healthcare Alliance
According to the Journal of American Medicine, nearly 32 percent of American children between the ages of 2 and 19 need to lose weight to avoid chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.Military families aren't exempt; a 2005 survey reported that nearly 20 percent of Department of Defense teenagers are obese. Obesity means an individual is more than 20 percent more than his or her... Read more
Halloween costume 5k and Kids' 1 mileJoin the Warrior Health and Fitness Center in the Halloween Costume 5k and 1 mile Run on Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. Prizes will be given to the best kids' costumes. For more information, call (801) 777-276275th FSS Haunting on the HillThis family event will be held at the Hubbard Golf Course, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Activities will include a Halloween costume... Read more
Sports coaches needed for youthThe Youth Center is "frantically" seeking one or two volunteer coaches by this Saturday, Oct. 17 (either male or female).The center lost a coach over the weekend; he coached two teams.The center has 20 or more youth who need a coach or even two coaches.The Youth Sports Director Garry Navas will instruct successful applicants and certify them through the National... Read more
In October of 1959, America's first land-based nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile went on around-the-clock alert. It was an Air Force Atlas D model missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Gen. Thomas S. Power, then commander-in-chief of Strategic Air Command, declared it operational following a successful Sept. 9, 1959, test launch, which saw the missile accelerate to a speed... Read more
Tech Sgt. Keith Brumfield, Office of the Inspector General, Inspection Team Member
Editor's note: Any unit, organization or tenant group which had been previously subject to Unit Compliance Inspections, Unit Self Inspections or Organizational Readiness Exercises -- 24/7 365-day readiness is advised.Since we have gone to No-Notice or Limited Notice Inspections by Air Force Material Command, our Self Inspection Program inspection windows are no longer January to March. We need to... Read more
Patriotic service of Hispanics todayA Lunch and Learn, "Hispanic Contributions in the U.S. Military: A Patriotic Journey," will be hosted by Dan Gomez, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee chairman, today, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Base Theater.Power outage set for Oct. 16Area lights and security cameras will be off for work on a transformer Oct. 16, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. affecting Buildings 777 and 778... Read more
Newly retired military working dog Bad, at his adoption at Hill AFB, waits for his new owners. (Nicholas Draney/Standard-Examiner)
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
Life is good for Bad.After nine years of active duty service with the U.S. Air Force and the 75th Security Forces Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, including five deployments to different war zones, a military working dog named Bad got to retire to greener pastures Oct. 1 after his adoption became official through a national MWD adoption program.Although his previous handlers guess that he may... Read more
Bob Binder and Eric Roberts were members of the 2952nd CLSS when it was activated. They attended the 649th CLSS deactivation.
Bill Orndorff, 309th Maintenance Wing
With the furling of its unit guidon, the 649th Combat Logistics Support Squadron on Hill Air Force Base was formally inactivated Oct. 1.The squadron, which started as the 2952nd CLSS in 1967, provided aircraft battle damage repair and crash damage repair, and sent depot field teams worldwide to support F-16, A-10 and F-22 aircraft. The mission and the 56 remaining squadron members will become... Read more
Air Force Chief of Staff John P. Jumper pins the Airman's Medal and Purple Heart to Master Sgt. Noel Sepulveda.
Staff Sgt. Shane W. Buss, Equal Opportunity Specialist
In the ongoing series of articles that introduce notable military members of Hispanic heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month, this article reviews an individual whose service lasted a total of 39 years. His name is Senior Master Sgt. Noel Sepulveda.Sepulveda, now 53, was a Hispanic-American member of the Air Force Reserve as a medical inspector at the Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland Air... Read more
526th ICBM Systems Group Contracting Director Rick Fuit speaks at the ICBM anniversary. (James Arrowood/U.S. Air Force)
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
Hill Air Force Base celebrated the 50th anniversary of America's first land-based nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile operations at a ceremony Oct. 1.Rick Fuit, director of the 526th ICBM Systems Group Contracting, officiated the ceremony that marked 50 years of ICBMs' being on alert. Fuit added that the U.S. military also anticipates at least 20 more years of missile operations as... Read more