Commentary: ‘Painting’ with MICT

March 24, 2016
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — What are you doing to get ready for the Air Combat Command Inspector General inspection in November?Are you cleaning up everything in the Management Internal Control Toolset, also known as MICT? Oops. Trick question. The last thing you want to do is prepare for “the inspection.”With MICT at the forefront of the new Air Force Inspection System, or AFIS, it would be... Read more
MASTER SGT. STEVE KIM, Chapel Operations
March 24, 2016
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”“Team” is one small word that can make a big difference. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you cannot do great things without a great team supporting you. I am very fortunate to have served on many teams in the world’s greatest Air Force... Read more
March 17, 2016
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — There’s nothing quite like the feeling of relaxing in a warm pool of water while steam rolls through the air. Add an incredible view and some good company in the mix, and great times are bound to unfold. But not everyone has such a picture-perfect hot tub setting. Fortunately, Idaho’s volcanic history and vast mountain ranges have it covered.Hot springs,... Read more

Commentary: The invisible killer

March 17, 2016
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 400 people in the United States die every year from accidental non-fire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products.Products include faulty, improperly used or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces,... Read more

Commentary: ACTION LINE

March 17, 2016
Q: I am writing this letter today out of concern for the comfort and protection of our gate security personnel, and would like to propose a study to determine if a bridge-type toll booth or prefabricated security shelters would help protect them from rain, snow and keep them warm from the freezing cold temperature here at Hill. Three two-person booths with heating, lighting and windows could be... Read more
DAWN W. SMITH, 355th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity, MASTER SGT. BRADFORD C. BOWEN, 355th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity
March 10, 2016
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Each year, the National Women’s History Project selects a theme that highlights achievements by distinguished women. This year’s theme, Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government, highlights 16 women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership.Focusing on... Read more
March 10, 2016
Q: Hi, I work in Building 1225 and have tried several times to get the number of Hilltop Times reduced. I called the person at Hill and they said to contact the Standard Examiner. When I have called, I get an answering machine and never get a callback, or they say they are not the person to talk to. We are getting two bundles of paper and we only need a half a bundle. Each week, somebody is... Read more

Commentary: Think like a civilian

March 3, 2016
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — One of the defining characteristics of the military is a standardized way of doing business. It’s part of what makes our deployed mission possible.However, there’s a downside to standardization — the dreaded “because we’ve always done it this way” excuse rearing its ugly head when innovation knocks. The status quo is too ingrained to change, too big to fail.I... Read more
March 3, 2016
Communicating my experiences as an oft-moved Air Force child is meant to help bring a greater level of understanding of resilience for teenagers during the trials of military life. In this edition of my series on resilience of military children, I want to talk about emotional resilience when it is time to move.Saying goodbye is never easy. Doing it often can make life rather difficult to handle.... Read more
CAPT. MARC BLEHA, Hill AFB Blood Program Officer
February 25, 2016
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused annually in the U.S., with an average red blood cell transfusion using three pints of blood.  More than 1.6 million people were expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2015. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.  In addition, a single car... Read more

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