Commentary

Karen Bastian, Hill AFB Energy Outreach Coordinator
October 29, 2015
“A Sustainable Energy Future; Putting All the Pieces Together” is the theme for October 2015 Energy Awareness Month. This theme emphasizes just how central energy is to our national prosperity, security and environmental well-being. The theme focuses on you as an important piece of a larger puzzle — fitting into the big picture, shaping our energy future and moving our nation toward energy... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
October 29, 2015
During the Utah Department of Transportation’s recent State Road 193 construction project, design improvements were made to SR 193 from South Gate Boulevard. As part of the enhancements, UDOT extended the dedicated “free right” turn lane for southbound to westbound turn movements from South Gate Boulevard onto SR 193.  With this free right turn lane, it remains legal to turn right from South... Read more
LT. COL. JOHN HANSEN, 86th Comptroller Squadron commander
October 22, 2015
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during his recent visit to the base. These letters reminded me how important it is to maintain... Read more
October 22, 2015
Q: I am writing this because I have had enough of the near misses that have been occurring at the cross walk in front of Building 503. People are continuing to run the red light while people are trying to cross the street and there have been several near misses. We, as a group, have brought this to the attention of our Voluntary Protection Program reps, Traffic Council and our upper management,... Read more
October 22, 2015
Q: I am surprised that cigarettes are $10 a carton cheaper at Nellis AFB, Nevada, and MacDill AFB, Florida, and several other bases I have visited than they are at Hill AFB. I was told today that the state “regulates” the price. How can Utah regulate the price on a federal reservation?A: Exchange tobacco pricing varies from location to location. Pricing is determined by local market surveys that... Read more
Kathy Cramb, 943rd Mission Support Flight chief of systems and communications
October 15, 2015
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Cyber security focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. Governments, military, corporations, financial institutions, hospitals and other businesses collect, process and store a great deal of confidential information on computers and transmit that data across networks to other... Read more
October 15, 2015
CHEYNNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, COLO. — "Another article on innovation?" you say.  I don't have to tell you that there are more challenges across the Air Force than at any other time that I can recall: manning reductions, reduced budgets, infrastructure we can no longer afford, new requirements; resposne to advanced cyber threats; and the chery on top, sequestration.As a result, our... Read more


Commentary: The beauty of balance

Maj. Wesley Wade, 56th Maintenance Group
October 15, 2015
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Whether we’re talking about our life, family or career, it boils down to balance. Having a healthy balance is the only way that we can sustain effectiveness. I can recall times as a young officer when working 14 hours a day was common. There are times when the mission will drive us to work extended hours, but it shouldn’t be the norm. Getting married and starting a... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN KATRINA M. BRISBIN, 36th Wing Public Affairs
October 8, 2015
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — When thinking about Airman Leadership School, what thoughts come to mind?Many Airmen may think of professional military education as boring, a box to check or a waste of time.For me, ALS was none of these things.ALS is a five-week course that prepares senior airmen, new staff sergeants and sister service rank equivalents for official supervisory and rating duties.... Read more
October 8, 2015
Q: I am writing this concerning the gasoline prices at the Base Exchange (BX). I perceive a pattern of raising prices just prior to paydays. Last Wednesday before the civilian payday, while the media are announcing lower oil prices, gas at the BX rose 16 cents a gallon (mid-grade) between 2:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. I do not believe there was a new delivery that late in the day. At every other base... Read more

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