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LISA FERDINANDO, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Up to 250 additional U.S. personnel are being deployed to Syria to support local forces on the ground and build on successes of U.S. forces already deployed there in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon’s press secretary said April 25.The additional personnel include special operations forces and medical and logistics personnel, Peter Cook... Read more
Derek Kaufman, Air Force Material Command Public affairs
May 5, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — In 2030 and beyond, the Air Force will achieve air superiority with a networked family of capabilities that may include legacy systems like the F-22 and F-35, new concepts such as manned/unmanned teaming, and advanced weapons including lasers, hypersonic munitions or cyber capabilities.To help the Air Force define and develop future capabilities, Air Force... Read more
STAFF SGT. KATHERINE TEREYAMA, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs
May 5, 2016
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — At 10 a.m. on any given Wednesday, one could walk into the 305th Operations Support Squadron’s leadership meeting and see a strange sight.Airmen sit around the conference room table and in chairs along the walls, variously clothed in a sea of green flight suits and Airman battle uniforms. Each has their eyes closed, boot heels planted on the floor, palms... Read more
May 5, 2016
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — To increase access to care, the Defense Department is launching an Urgent Care Pilot Program for Tricare Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or Tricare-authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization.“We’d prefer they call us, but if they’re in a crunch, members can now go to an urgent-care facility twice without a... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Special to the Hilltop Times
April 28, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — In just over two months, Hill Air Force Base will open its gates and welcome in more than a half-million strangers.The 2016 “Warriors Over the Wasatch” open house and air show has been set for June 25 and 26. Organizers expect more than half a million visitors to converge on the base’s flightline for the two-day aerial exhibition.The free show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m... Read more
ALEX R. LLOYD, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
April 28, 2016
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex here became the first depot facility to perform modifications on all three F-35 Lightning II variants after it inducted a Navy F-35C carrier version April 15.The F-35C was flown in from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, by Navy Capt. Mark Weisgerber, the 33rd Fighter Wing vice commander.“Hill has the capacity to accomplish the needed modifications, and it is important... Read more
Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
April 28, 2016
Some 13,000 Air Force Materiel Command personnel have been notified they will transition to the Department of Defense Civilian Acquisition Workforce Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) pay system on June 12.For those converting to AcqDemo, their current GS performance period will end on June 11, and they will enter into the AcqDemo Contribution-Based Compensation and Appraisal System (CCAS) effective... Read more
April 28, 2016
Team Hill’s annual observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day will be May 3 at 11 a.m. at the Hill Chapel. The base welcomes a speaker who witnessed the actions taken in real time. Jerry Meetz was born in the Netherlands, to a Jewish father and a Christian mother. His father was taken to a concentration camp during his childhood. He has lived in Ogden for close to 60 years and will share his... Read more
STAFF SGT. CHARLES RIVEZZO, 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
April 28, 2016
 A select group of Airmen are tasked with providing close-in security for mobility air forces aircraft transiting airfields where security is unknown or additional security is needed to counter local threats. They are known as Phoenix Ravens.More commonly called “Ravens,” this small community of specialized security forces Airmen are trained to detect, deter and counter threats to Air... Read more
Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs, JOE THOMAS
April 28, 2016
Air Force Global Strike Command participated April 8-17 in Constant Vigilance, an annual exercise that tests its ability to conduct both conventional and nuclear operations.“The primary focus of the exercise is the generation of our bomber and (intercontinental ballistic missile) forces, but it has evolved to increase the participation of the entire AFGSC team,” said Maj. Ryan Graves, the chief... Read more

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