Articles

Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
August 7, 2014
Excited friends and performers gathered at the Hill Air Force Base Landing July 25 for an evening of food, drinks, and karaoke. The Landing hosted karaoke each Friday in July for interested participants to “Rock the Mic” and channel their “inner rock-star.” On this Friday evening, the mic opened up at 5 p.m. and guests joined in on a special “Happy Birthday” performance for one lucky... Read more
Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., DOD News, Defense Media Activity
August 7, 2014
WASHINGTON — Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office, a senior Military Postal Service Agency said.James Clark, chief of the agency’s operations division, said the changes will go into effect during October and November 2014.“As it relates to the Internet Change of... Read more
Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton, 501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
ROYAL AIR FORCE ALCONBURY, United Kingdom — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Royal Air Force Alconbury and RAF Molesworth, England, to learn more about the mission of the 501st Combat Support Wing and to discuss with Airmen the current state of the Air Force. During her visit, James was able to meet with 501st CSW Airmen and see firsthand how their innovation and... Read more
Master Sgt. Christian Michael, Air Reserve Personnel Center Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Most Americans are born with a political rattle in their hands and learn to shake it early.While U.S. culture promotes opinions and debate, Airmen should be reminded that, while on active duty — and even for reservists who may be perceived as active military representatives, participating in politics on social media is exactly the same as it is in person: strictly... Read more
Cheryl Pellerin, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
August 7, 2014
WASHINGTON – To balance readiness today and modernization tomorrow, the Air Force’s fiscal year 2015 budget request is shrinking like today’s defense budget thanks to Congress’s own priorities and the approaching threat of sequestration in 2016, Air Force leaders said July 30.Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III briefed the Pentagon... Read more
Maj. Wilson Camelo, Air Combat Command Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots. Due to major collaborative improvements at the 43rd Fighter Squadron fighter training unit here, the Combat Air Force, or CAF, is set to... Read more
Air Force News Service
August 7, 2014
WASHINGTON – Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31.The changes are intended to ensure the Air Force truly makes job performance the driving factor and will be implemented incrementally beginning in August 2014 and continuing through early 2016. Additional information and in-depth articles will be... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
August 7, 2014
Aug. 1, families gathered in the Hill Air Force Base Centennial Park for the annual Hill Family Camp-Out. This was the sixth year for this event, and while the last three years had “western” themes, this year’s theme was “Pirates on the Hill.”“The annual family campout is one of my favorite activities because it encapsulates so many of the things I love about Utah,” said John Cullinane, director... Read more
509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
August 7, 2014
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – The navigator on the famous B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, died July 28 in Stone Mountain, Ga. Theodore Van Kirk was 93.“Whiteman (Air Force Base) and the nation have lost a great patriot,” said Brig. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. “Maj. Theodore Van Kirk was a vital member of a... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Staff
August 7, 2014
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — As a lifelong military man, Col. Ronald Jolly usually doesn’t like to stay in the same place for too long.But it came as a pleasant surprise when he found out he’d been assigned to command Hill Air Force Base’s 75th Air Base Wing and as a result, extend his stay in the Top of Utah.Jolly was selected as the new commander of the wing in July, replacing the freshly retired... Read more