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April 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was selected as the new home for the Air Force’s first operational overseas F-35A Lightning IIs.Air Force officials chose Eielson AFB after a lengthy analysis of the location’s operational considerations, installation attributes, environmental factors and cost.“Alaska combines a strategically important location with a world-class training... Read more
April 14, 2016
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, in concert with Headquarters Air Force Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Directorate, has directed a review of the 13N career field.The goal is to create a self-sustaining career field that places a premium on experience and expertise at the wing level, while developing officers for future leadership... Read more
April 14, 2016
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Col. David Castaneda, 419th Fighter Wing pilot, took his final flight in the F-16 Fighting Falcon here April 2. Family and co-workers gathered on Hill’s flightline to congratulate Castaneda on his achievement during the wing’s drill weekend.The newly promoted colonel leaves this month to learn to fly the Air Force’s newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II. Castaneda will... Read more
April 14, 2016
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — President Barack Obama nominated Maj. Gen. Maryanne Miller for a third star and assignment as chief of Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, replacing Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson.Miller currently serves as deputy chief of the Air Force Reserve. She assists the Reserve chief who acts as the principal adviser on Reserve matters to the secretary... Read more
EDITH DAVIS, Team Hill SAPR Program Manager/SARC
April 14, 2016
In November 2014 the Department of Defense released preliminary results of the RAND Military Workplace Study as part of a report to the president. The preliminary release of the RMWS highlighted the problem of retaliation against those who reported sexual assault. On Dec. 3, 2014, the Secretary of Defense directed the services to provide training to first-line supervisors to reduce incidents... Read more
PAUL HIBBELN, 388 FW Historian
April 14, 2016
In an AAFES parking lot at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, rests a plaque dedicated to former POWs from the Vietnam war, including some from the 388th Fighter Wing. It’s easy to walk past plaques, but this one is worth stopping to consider. For nearly a decade before it moved to Hill Air Force Base, the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing waged its share of the Vietnam War from its home at Korat Royal Thai Air... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
April 14, 2016
OGDEN — Tom Montez says he was still a kid when he left to fight for the Army in Vietnam.But a horror he witnessed just 13 days into his first stint in the jungle turned him into a man overnight.It was February 1969, in the A Shau Valley — an area west of the coastal city Huế, near the Laotian border. The valley was one of the the main entry points into South Vietnam and tactically significant... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
April 14, 2016
By SARAH STOLLHilltop Times correspondentAccording to 2015 statistics, four children die from abuse each day in the U.S., the Hill AFB audience at last week’s Prevent Child Abuse Utah event learned.  The base Family Advocacy Program invited Prevent Child Abuse Utah to present information on April 8 about abuse and child safety. The event recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month... Read more
PAUL HOLCOMB, U.S. Air Force
April 14, 2016
75th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Ron Jolly signs a Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamation April 4 at Hill Air Force Base. The 75th Medical Group’s Family Advocacy Program staff attended the signing. Read more
TECH. SGT. JOSHUA DEMOTTS, Secretary of the Air Force Command Information
April 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The military’s ability to accomplish its missions — whether executing today’s fight or training for future ones — is dependent on electricity that powers installations. The Army and Air Force have identified energy resilience as a critical objective, advancing the capability for their systems, installations and personnel to respond to and recover from unexpected disruptions.The... Read more

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