Articles

LISA FERDINANDO, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
January 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon has made a number of changes to the military decorations and awards program to ensure service members receive appropriate recognition of their actions, according to a statement released Jan. 7.The changes come after a long and deliberate review, a defense official told reporters in a Jan. 6 background briefing. Then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel initiated the... Read more
TRICARE.mil staff
January 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military pharmacies and Tricare Pharmacy Home Delivery will remain the lowest-cost pharmacy option for Tricare beneficiaries when some Tricare pharmacy copays change Feb. 1. Most copays for prescription drugs in the home delivery program and retail network pharmacies will increase slightly. The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act requires Tricare to change its... Read more
DARLENE Y. COWSERT, Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs
January 14, 2016
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Taking the reins of Air Force chief of safety nearly six months ago, Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller took command on the heels of the safest year in Air Force manned aviation history.Fiscal year 2014 ended with only seven Class A mishaps, which produced a rate of 0.43 Class As per 100,000 flight hours for manned aircraft. By comparison, there were 19 Class As in fiscal... Read more
January 14, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — A recent inquiry, directed by the Air Force chief of staff, into the investigation and disposition of alleged instructor pilot misconduct at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, has concluded.Based on the inspector general inquiry and general officer review, it was determined the investigations and subsequent administrative actions taken by Air Force leadership... Read more
TECH. SGT. ROBERT CLOYS, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing
January 14, 2016
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — A weasel is characterized by its tenacity, persistence and keen senses. It is an animal also known for its ability to react quickly in any given situation. An airlift squadron at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, shares these characteristics.Airmen of the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron encompass the characteristics of their mascot, and the loadmasters who work there... Read more
January 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force officials announced a new initiative Dec. 17 to enhance the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission by integrating enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilots into the force.Air Force officials stated a dynamic threat environment calls for innovative approaches to high-demand missions. After careful consideration and with an eye toward potential future... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 7, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Lockheed-Martin and the Pentagon’s F-35 Program Office say they’ve finished delivering jets for 2015, increasing their yield from last year by 25 percent.Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman with the F-35 Joint Program Office at the Pentagon, said 45 F-35’s were delivered, which met Lockheed and the program office’s delivery goal for the year and exceeded last year’s deliveries by... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 7, 2016
OGDEN — What do you do if you’re Hill Air Force Base and you need space to troubleshoot a significant F-16 repair issue that won’t interfere with the regular maintenance assembly line?Call Weber State University, of course.The Top of Utah’s military complex has teamed up with the area’s higher education system to form a new partnership that allows engineers from Hill to use WSU’s recently... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 7, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Paying for housing should be a little easier for Airmen at Hill Air Force Base this year.The Department of Defense released its 2016 Basic Allowance for Housing rates last month, and service members will see an average increase of 3.4 percent, or about $54 per month.According to a DoD press release, an estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately 1 million service... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 7, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Utah companies — including the state’s largest single-site employer, Hill Air Force Base — are having a hard time finding qualified employees to fill open positions.Those are the findings in “Is This the Place? A Survey of Utah Employers,” a new report from The Utah Foundation that found the state’s employers are being plagued by an inability to find qualified workers for... Read more

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