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AFSC Public Affairs
July 3, 2014
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The Air Force Sustainment Center has delivered impressive results during its first two full years of operation. But with the recent unveiling of AFSC 3.0, the center commander expects even greater performance as more of the workforce is empowered by the AFSC Way.  “When we set up AFSC, we wanted to make sure that we evolved into a process-based... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 3, 2014
WASHINGTON — Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2014 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said June 25.“As we resize our force with the right balance of skills to meet Air Force mission requirements and continue to focus on retaining high-performing Airmen, ARP is a necessary hedge against external factors that... Read more
Staff Sgt. Kelly Goonan, 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
July 3, 2014
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — There is no distinction among Airmen within the Air Force components when it comes to how they perform their jobs, how they live up to standards and how they embrace the service’s core values, said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody during a visit here June 24-25.“Robins (AFB) is a great example of our Air Force,” he said during an enlisted call. “I’m... Read more
Debbie Gildea, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
July 3, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Active-duty Airmen interested in unique developmental opportunities may be eligible for the Olmsted Scholar, White House Fellows, and Mansfield Fellowship Exchange programs.The programs offer unique developmental experience for Air Force leaders, according to Tech. Sgt. Jason Franklin, the Air Force Personnel Center officer developmental education.... Read more
Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe, Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Operating Location – P
July 3, 2014
WASHINGTON — Air Force leaders want Airmen to share their stories with the world and designed the 2014 American Airman Video Contest with that purpose in mind.“Every Airman has a story — and smartphone technology now allows those Airmen to share those stories to a wider audience than ever before,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III.The contest, which begins July 1, asks Airmen... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
July 3, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Of the 38,344 staff sergeants eligible for promotion to technical sergeant, 6,684 were selected, a 17.43 percent selection rate, Air Force officials said June 26. Of those selected, 69 are with Team Hill.The average score for those selected was 337.23. Selectees’ had an average time in grade of 5.30 years and time in service of 10.53 years. The average... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
July 3, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — As Becky Austad prepared to fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds before the Hill Air Force Base Open House and Air Show, she kept hugging her children and discussed with her daughter what-if scenarios should things should go awry during her flight. The Syracuse woman made sure Kinley Austad, 14, knows how important it is to finish college.Austad was so nervous and... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Staff
July 3, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A 92-inch-diameter solid rocket motor that will be used in future defense missions was tested at Hill Air Force Base’s Utah Test and Training Range recently.The motor was designed, fabricated and tested by Aerojet Rocketdyne for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill under a demonstration contract agreement. According to Aerojet, the piece of equipment was the largest... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
July 3, 2014
LAYTON — Over the years, the U.S. Air Force’s air demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds, have flown a host of various aircraft, with the F-16s being used by the team for over 30 years, and will remain that way until the F-35 steps in, which is slated to take over the Thunderbirds F-16s in the next ten years, according to Maj. Blaine Jones, Thunderbird Pilot No. 5 during his visit with JROTC... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
July 3, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — While watching a World War II-era P-51 flying at Sunday’s Warriors Over the Wasatch air show at Hill Air Force Base, Doug Compton, of Morgan, affectionately talked about his Boeing PT-17 “Stearman” he was standing next to.The open-cockpit biplane was used to train young cadets before they progressed to their assigned aircraft during WWII.“It’s important for us to carry on... Read more

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