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CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
January 22, 2015
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash.  — Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes.Reveille and Retreat ceremonies occur on most military installations across the U.S. at the beginning and the end of the duty day, typically 7 a.m. (7:30 a.m... Read more
Lia Winfield, Chief of Exhibit Research and Design
January 22, 2015
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Hill Air Force Base, but have you ever wondered where the base got its name? Moreover, if you know the base is named after Ployer “Pete” Hill, who was he and what can we remember about him?Hill was a pioneer aviator. He piloted nearly every Army Air Corps aircraft between 1918 and 1935 during his highly successful career as an engineer, aerial photographer... Read more
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
January 15, 2015
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live the child-free lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult beverage.Let’s be honest: As children do, they totally cut into my “me time.”In all seriousness, though, these... Read more
Chaplain (Capt.) Jeremy Caskey, Hill AFB Chapel
December 18, 2014
When you think of Hanukkah what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you are an adherent of Judaism, you probably know what Hanukkah represents.But for those who do not, what do you think of? Do you think of Adam Sandler singing his Hanukkah Song or spinning dreidels, also known as tops, or do you think of something more? How did Hanukkah come about? In 168 B.C. the Greeks had... Read more
Maj. Gen. Mark Brown, 2nd Air Force, Master Sgt. Derik New, 2nd Air Force
December 18, 2014
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were ‘The Greatest?’” Before Ali could answer, the reporter offered, “Perhaps it was when you knocked out George Foreman in 1974?” Ali shook his... Read more
Col. Ron Jolly, Sr., 75th Air Base Wing commander
November 27, 2014
Team Hill, as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I am grateful for your service to our great nation. Each of you are a valuable member of Team Hill.  The mission of the 75th Air Base Wing, as well as those of our 60 mission partners, could not be accomplished without you.This Thanksgiving I will reflect on the many things I am fortunate to have as I am very thankful for everyone in my life... Read more
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Department of Defense
November 27, 2014
WASHINGTON — To the men and women of the Department of Defense,I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate.You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the President... Read more
Chief Master Sgt. Don W. Stroud, 388th Fighter Wing
November 27, 2014
Is there a special recipe for leadership? In today’s Air Force, we struggle trying to find that special recipe to get our teams to perform at their top levels of efficiency. As technology catapults us into the future and new leadership philosophies develop through the halls of universities worldwide, we still rely on the one thing that cannot be imitated by computers or taught in class – personal... Read more
Col. Donald Grannan, 88th Communications Group commander
November 20, 2014
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — She was an Airman Leadership School distinguished graduate, earned staff sergeant her first time testing, received all 5s on her enlisted performance reports and took part in two deployments. Clearly she was a high-performing Airman. But, in her words, the Air Force had made it clear it didn’t want her. Huh?I have proudly served our Air Force all of my... Read more
Karen Bastian, Hill AFB Energy Outreach Coordinator
November 13, 2014
As Energy Awareness Month draws to a close we are honored to be part of an organization that can pick up and “Make Things Happen.” Team Hill is proving that energy awareness and conservation is not just a fad, it is becoming a way of life, and for good reason. If we were to retrace our steps back over time, we could see how both natural and human activities change Earth’s climate. Since the... Read more

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