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AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CLAYTON CUPIT, Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
June 4, 2015
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — The C-17 Globemaster III has proved again that it remains the world’s premier airlifter after the total C-17 fleet celebrated the historical milestone of achieving 3 million flying hours on May 5.The C-17 is the only strategic airlifter in the world that has tactical capabilities that allow it to fly between continents; land on short, austere runways, and airdrop... Read more
June 4, 2015
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Air Force Medical Operations Agency has recently directed all Air Force military treatment facilities to establish direct-access physical therapy clinics for active-duty members. The policy shift will now allow an active-duty member with an acute musculoskeletal injury to make an appointment directly with a physical therapist.For three of the past five years,... Read more
MASTER SGT. CAROLYN STEWART, 14th Medical Support Squadron
June 4, 2015
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth — or 120 days in overseas areas.When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses.Members who want their newborns to have TRICARE Prime coverage must call or send an... Read more
Senior Airman James E. Hensley, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
May 28, 2015
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZ. — The Air Force is one step closer to operational capability for the F-35 Lightning II at Hill Air Force Base. The first-ever F-35 Lightning II pilot training class was held at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on May 4.Two F-16 Fighting Falcon instructor pilots and two A-10 Warthog instructor pilots were selected for the class, making them the first students to learn how... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
May 28, 2015
ROY — Jason Velez knows the stark reality of returning to life away from a combat zone.In order to heal after his two tours of duty in Iraq, Velez began modifying his Dodge Ram 2500 truck more than two years ago to look like the Mine Resistant Anti Penetrate he often drove during his deployment. Velez chuckles when recalling how the idea began: He told his fellow airmen as a joke that he had... Read more
Richard Essary, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
May 28, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Suicide prevention and assisting those who have been affected by it will be the topics at a Hill AFB suicide prevention town hall luncheon June 11.The base is partnering with several community agencies for the breakfast, which will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at The Landing. The event will feature a panel of guest speakers, including Taryn Aiken, a board member of... Read more
ALEX R. LLOYD
May 28, 2015
Starbucks dedicates a new Military Family Store on May 20 near Hill Air Force Base. The store, located just outside the base’s West Gate, is the first to lease space in the Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park commercial retail development facility. The entire facility includes more than 10,000 square feet of building space and can house a total of four retail establishments. Falcon Hill... Read more
May 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Technical sergeant promotion selection results, originally scheduled for release May 28, will be delayed to enable the Air Force to continue to validate extensive system changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System, officials announced.The 2015 technical sergeant promotion cycle is the first to incorporate recent changes in the enlisted evaluation report and promotion system... Read more
May 28, 2015
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Joint Task Force 505 is drawing down its earthquake relief operations as the Nepalese government, and international aid agencies have postured for long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts.Nepal announced its transition from relief operations to the recovery phase of disaster response May 19.“We are grateful for the essential contributions of Operation Sahayogi Haat to the... Read more
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs
May 28, 2015
SOUTHWEST ASIA — Fly, fight and win: words that are etched throughout Air Force history from the countless sorties flown in combat operations around the globe. Today, that legacy continues in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.But flying, fighting and winning is just one part of an even larger mission, as some aircraft will require air refueling support to put munitions on target. Those... Read more

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