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Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
June 18, 2015
Republican Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee have joined the fight to keep the greater sage grouse from being protected under the Endangered Species Act.During the first week of June, Lee and Hatch joined a handful of other Republican senators in Washington to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that they say will protect the ability of the Army, Navy and Air Force... Read more
KIM BOWDEN, Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
June 11, 2015
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski assumed the top position of the major command responsible for installation support and the technology, acquisition, test and sustainment of the Air Force’s current and future weapon systems during ceremonies here June 8.Pawlikowski took the reins of Air Force Materiel Command from Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger during a change of command... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
June 11, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Congress seems dead set on keeping the A-10 in the air and a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) plans to make that happen includes shelving an entire fighter squadron and 24 F-16s at Hill Air Force Base.The committee last week released a nearly 600-page report on its markup of the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The committee’s version of the NDAA... Read more
June 11, 2015
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Lieutenant Gen. Lee Levy II succeeded Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield as commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center during a change of command ceremony June 5 at Tinker AFB.Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided over the change of command and Litchfield’s formal retirement ceremony. Levy previously served as the Vice Director... Read more
KIM BOWDEN, Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
June 11, 2015
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — After 35 years of service and three years at the helm of Air Force Materiel Command, Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger relinquished command and retired following a ceremony on June 8.Three weeks after she assumed command of AFMC in June 2012, Wolfenbarger said, “We have a responsibility to make our institution — our system — better so the people who come along after... Read more
June 11, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — A failure of the third-stage rotor of the engine fan module caused a June 23, 2014, engine fire in an F-35A Lightning II, according to an Air Education and Training Command Accident Investigation Board report released June 5.  The F-35A, which was assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, was damaged... Read more
Nathan Simmons, 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
June 11, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Lt. Col. Steven Engberg took command of the 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron during a change of command ceremony June 5.Engberg took the reins from Lt. Col. Todd Robbins, who recently returned from a six-month deployment to Southeast Asia where he led a team of 290 Total Force Airmen, including 16 first-time combat pilots, through flying missions in support of... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN EBONI REECE, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
June 11, 2015
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Nearly two dozen members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron participated in a physical fitness study that analyzed mission requirements for battlefield Airmen.The physical fitness tests were part of an in-depth study to scientifically measure battlefield Airmen’s operational mission requirements to better correlate them to the Air Force’s physical training and... Read more
June 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force leaders announced June 4 a change to the decision authority for involuntary separations for enlisted Airmen diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify themselves as transgender.“Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation of gender dysphoric Airmen has not changed, the elevation of decision authority to the director, Air Force Review Boards... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
June 11, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Anticipating an upcoming deployment? Missing a loved one while they are currently deployed? The Hill Air Force Base Hearts Apart Program, within the Airman and Family Readiness Center, supports spouses and loved ones of deployed service members with activities, outings, monthly newsletters and other resources.Resiliency is crucial for the health and stability of a military... Read more

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