SALT LAKE CITY -- After a successful sixteen year run, First Night, Salt Lake City's traditional New Year's Eve event is more than tripling in size and scope to become a three-day celebration called EVE. On Dec. 29, 30 and 31, tens of thousands of people will gather for celebrations in streets, squares, plazas, theaters and performing arts venues throughout Utah's capital city. EVE will include... Read more
SAirman Rahman Badarane, 67 APS, chats with Tyler Chapman, special needs student at Mound Fort. (Bryan Magana)
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
Christmas is a holiday that is ripe with traditions, and the 67th Aerial Port Squadron has maintained the same Christmas tradition for the past 19 years. For the 19th year in a row, the Reserve unit brought Santa to the Mound Fort Junior High School in Ogden on Monday to give gifts and treats and grant the wishes of children in the school's special needs class. Each year, Santa has been played by... Read more
SNOWBASIN -- The snow safety division at Snowbasin will host a "Know Before You Go" Avalanche Awareness class Jan. 9. The class will be held in Earl's Lodge at Snowbasin and will begin at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the hour-long class, which will be presented by G.R. Fletcher and Frank Waikhart of Snowbasin, and Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Center. As a follow-up to the class,... Read more
SSgt Allen Hightower, 419 MXS, loads one last bag of gifts before heading out to deliver them to children in foster care.
Christmas has gone green -- camouflage green -- as Reservists spread holiday cheer to families in need. Just as the sun rose over the Wasatch Mountains Tuesday, about 60 Airmen from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings gathered at the Ogden and Salt Lake City Christmas Box Houses, loading up bagfuls of gifts to deliver to local children in foster care. The volunteers in ABUs hand-delivered nearly 1,... Read more
Balmer Street will be closed near the intersection with Southgate Drive on Friday, Dec. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon so that work may be done on the pop-up bollard system. Westbound travel on Balmer Street will be impeded and a deter will be in effect during this time. All westbound traffic will be diverted onto Weiner Street (8th Street) at the intersection of Weiner and Southgate Drive where travel... Read more
Marine TSgt (Ret.) Janina Rybicki brought out her photo album and memories when asked about experiences in uniform in WWII.
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
"Women are veterans, too," said Marine Tech. Sgt. (Ret.) Janina Rybicki, of Sandy, as she quotes a favorite T-shirt she proudly wears to all veterans' activities. The 88-year-old served during World War II in an administrative role at North Island near San Diego as top kick, or acting first sergeant, for much of the duration of her service. Among the million or so initial veterans from WWII, now... Read more
Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- Air Force officials have announced that Chief Master Sergeant Eric R. Jaren will become the new command chief of Air Force Materiel Command. Jaren comes to Headquarters AFMC from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., where he had served as the command chief for the Air Force Flight Test Center and 95th Air Base Wing since August 2008. He becomes the eighth AFMC command... Read more
Col. Robert Lindell, 419th Figher Wing vice commander, speaks to residents of Montello on Oct. 19. (Courtesy photo)
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
The 388th Range Squadron completed their annual community meeting circuit, commonly referred to as the Moses Tour, in late October with positive results. The annual tour started 10 years ago under the Air Combat Command directive 90-2550 Bombing and Gunnery Range Operations. This community outreach campaign involves town hall meetings with residents of communities within and in the surrounding... Read more
Gen. and Mrs. Busch
During the holiday season, it is appropriate for us to reflect on the year that has passed and consider our accomplishments. I assure you, 2009 has been an excellent year for Team Hill and I know that you will find satisfaction in what you've achieved. I'd like to share with you a few examples. Team Hill successfully hosted one of three nationwide Air Force Weeks -- and exceeded expectations! We... Read more
Orville and Wilber Wright are shown with a glider in 1901 at Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (Courtesy photo)
Dave Kendziora, Ogden Air Logistics Center historian
On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright brothers made the first successful controlled powered flight. Unlike countless attempts over thousands of years, the scene over the sand dunes of Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, N.C., was more a product of science than art. Until that date -- 106 years ago today -- such flight was largely a product of the imagination or of daring pilots lacking knowledge and much,... Read more