Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
August 6, 2015
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed here July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.After completing the initial developmental test and evaluation by the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the aircraft will be flown by the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 and maintained by the 1st Special Operations Aircraft... Read more
Micah Garbarino, 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 30, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, visited Hill Air Force Base July 23 -24 for the first time since taking on the job a year and a half ago.James’ visit included updates on the transition from the F-16 to the F-35, the total force integration of the active-duty and Reserve 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, F-35 and missile depot maintenance, Hill’s global munitions-... Read more
July 30, 2015
The base is making it easier and safer for pedestrians on the installation’s west side to get on and off the base.A new pedestrian-only entry point will open Aug. 10 just north of the base’s West Gate, allowing base pedestrians to avoid the heavy West Gate traffic. The turnstile gate will allow a single pedestrian to enter based on a positive electronic read of the person’s ID card, combined... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
July 30, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — As workers at Hill Air Force Base continue to churn out modified F-22 Raptors, the Air Force is discovering a new role for the multipurpose fighter as it flies combat operations in Syria and Iraq.In the nearly 10 months the Raptor has been flying combat missions against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the stealthy jet’s contribution has been more of an escort role... Read more
JESSICA ROUSE, Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs
July 30, 2015
FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries are serving as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 31 at participating stateside military installations.During the campaign, participating installations help collect items most needed by food pantries and then donate them to area food banks.“This marks our sixth consecutive year participating in this campaign, and... Read more
CAPT. ALEXIS MCGEE, 501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs
July 30, 2015
ROYAL AIR FORCE CROUGHTON, England — The sheer thought of disappointing his team — his wingmen, his brothers and sisters in arms — is the thought that keeps him up at night, striving to forge a better U.S. Air Force.Driven by his determination to be the best wingman he can be, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said it’s all about having dedication to the people who make this Air... Read more
Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton, 501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs
July 30, 2015
ROYAL AIR FORCE CROUGHTON, England — Speaking to a group of key spouses from the 501st Combat Support Wing at Royal Air Force Croughton on July 16, Betty Welsh smiled, and explained how she grew from a girl who lived with her family until she was 22, into an Air Force spouse and wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III.“I had no idea what being a military spouse was all about,” she... Read more
Staff Sgt. Chris Gross, Air Force News Service
July 30, 2015
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody addressed several topics during his latest CHIEFchat, including the new enlisted performance report and Course 15, at the Defense Media Activity here.Cody said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III handed off the task of developing the new EPR form to him and provided guidance on the direction it needed to go.... Read more
Debbie Gildea, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
July 30, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Eligible first-term enlisted Airmen interested in retraining opportunities can review the fiscal year 2016 online retraining advisory on myPers. Air Force officials approved 1,599 FY16 first-term Airman retraining quotas in 45 Air Force specialty codes.A variety of retraining in AFSCs are available, including cyber, intel, pararescue, flight engineer,... Read more
Doug Tucker, Infrastructure Energy Policy and Programs
July 30, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five members of the 75th Civil Engineering Squadron at Hill Air Force Base have earned a Federal Energy and Water Management Award, one of 10 awarded to the Air Force nationally.The Air Force received more awards than any other federal agency for saving energy and money while also helping the environment.Members of the Hill squadron are David Abbott, Karen Bastian, 2nd Lt. Mary... Read more

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