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In the Know

February 13, 2014

Mass transit solution for Hill AFB

A Public Hearing and Open House conducted by Utah Transit Authority is scheduled on Feb. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Clearfield Community Art Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 140 E. Center St. and an Open House and Information Fair is scheduled on Hill AFB Feb. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Base Theater.

These open forums are designed to receive public comment on the additional mass transit solutions for Hill AFB personnel.

UTA will have information pamphlets on the route and the Vanpool program for federal employees.

Individuals wishing to participate in the federal subsidy transit assistance will need to sign up by Feb. 15.

For more information go to www.hill.af.mil “Quick Links” along the bottom right side of the webpage then click on “UTA Front Runner Form.”

After the completed application is approved a Government (TranServe) Debit Visa Card will be issued, which you will use to pay your monthly expenses.

For more information call 777-6144.

Warrior Fitness Center closures

A list of the Warrior Fitness Center areas being closed, during the dates each area will be closed is listed below.

• Feb. 13 – two basketball courts, racquetball courts, aerobics room will be closed

• Feb. 14 - Facility shutdown for sanding and applying a urethane coating

• Feb. 14-18 – The Facility will be closed.

• Feb. 19-23 - The facility will be open, but both basketball courts, racquetball courts, and group exercise room will be closed.

Speed limit change

A traffic speed limit change will take place on Southbound Wardleigh Rd just North of Building 1515, the 309th Maintenance Software Group after Feb. 20 near the railroad tracks.

The speed limit will change from its current 30 mph to 25 mph limit.

Hill AFB National Prayer Breakfast

The Hill AFB National Prayer Breakfast will be held Feb. 26 from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Hill Aerospace Museum. Participants are asked to wear their uniform of the day for military attending or business casual for civilian employees.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert J. Wicks, Psy D., a professor and inspirational speaker and author of the book “Bounce: Living the Resilient Life.”

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased through the 75th ABW Protocol office at 777-5565 or email cynthia.vigil@us.af.mil or Chaplain (Capt.) Steven Cuneio at 777-2106 or email him at Steven.Cuneio@us.af.mil A complimentary copy of Dr. Wick’s book “Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm” to the first 300 people that RSVP.

75th ABW designates training days

The 75th Air Base Wing has designated the second Wednesday of each month as a “Training Day.”

The training days schedule is March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

During these training days the 75th Medical Group, including the base pharmacy, will be closed. No changes will be made to the appointment process.

Other ABW Organizations will be open, but with minimal staff.

Customers are recommended to conduct business on other days of each month.

AEF Family Retreat for married airmen

Another AEF Family retreat will be held at Wolf Creek Resort from March 14-16 for married Airmen and their families.

Team Hill Airmen who wish to attend contact should contact their unit’s First Sergeant.

The registration fee is $50.

Munitions Inventory to be conducted

The 649th Munitions Squadron will be conducting 100 percent inventories of the Base (FV2027), Test (FV2171), and STAMP (FV2304) stockpiles from March 3 to 31.

All Base, Test, and STAMP customers requiring munitions support during this timeframe must deliver the applicable documentation to the Custody Accounts section no later than Feb. 18.

During the inventories, the only transactions that will be supported are emergency requests approved in writing by the group commander or equivalent.

Please direct any questions to Staff Sgt. Westley Smith at 775-2964, Staff Sgt. Chad Spuhler at 586-8498 or Technical Sgt. Lisa Prue at 777-6574.

Hill AFB to hold blood drive

Take the time to sign-up for the upcoming Hill Air Force Base blood drive.

Officials said the January was a huge success with 46 people attending and 37 donating.

However, the base would like to see participation stepped-up to the next level this month.

Our February goal is 80 donors, so please come out to make this drive a success.

• Who: American Red Cross

• What: Base Blood Drive

• When: Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Where: Medical Training, Building 568

• How: To sign-up, visit VolunteerSpot.com and pick a 15 minute time-block for appointment.

Donors should plan 60 minutes for entire process.

For more information, call Capt. J. Michael Murphy at 801-777-0547.

Women’s Program planning events

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Federal Women’s Program is planning numerous upcoming events to support the recognition, training and promotion of Civilian Women at Hill AFB.

Lunch & Learn Opportunities

The lunch and learn events are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month, except in March, at Building 1231, Room 6 from 11 a.m. to noon.

• Feb. 13 — Former FWP Manager, Linda Larsen, will present “Friendship = Networking.” These casual events pack a powerful punch to your profession and work/life balance.

• Feb. 12-13 — Friends of the Federal Women’s Program will pick up and deliver Valentine’s cookies. Proceeds go to the FFWP Scholarship fund, which is presented at the Women’s History Luncheon.

Bake sale

In cooperation with the March 2014 Women’s History Events, funds will be raised through a Bake Sales at the Commissary on Jan. 24 and Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Women’s History Month activities

• March 1 — Deadline to submit FFWP Scholarship Application. (Website contains application form and submission instructions.)

• March 5 — Women’s Service Event; Dr. Seuss reading at Hillfield Elementary at 9 a.m. Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ 110th Birthday on March 2, 1904.

• March 6 — FFWP Lunch & Learn: “Check Before You Invest; Keep Your Money Safe,” Building 1231, Room 6 from 11 a.m. to noon.

• March 13 — Women’s History Luncheon; Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. Guest Speaker: 1st Lt. Nell Bright, retired WASP.

• March 20 — “Run In To Spring” 5K Meet at the HAWC.

• March 27 — Cross Fit @ the Bubble. Three classes offered: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

— Hilltop Times Staff



In the Know

February 6, 2014

Mass transit solution for Hill AFB

Utah Transit Authority will hold a public hearing on Feb. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Clearfield Community Art Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 140 E. Center St. and an Open House and Information Fair on Feb. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Base Theater.

These open forums are designed to receive public comment on additional mass transit solutions for Hill AFB personnel.

UTA will have information pamphlets on routes and the Vanpool program for federal employees. Individuals wishing to participate in the federal subsidy transit assistance will need to sign up by Feb. 15.

To register, visit www.hill.af.mil “Quick Links” along the bottom right side of the webpage then click on “FrontRunner/RideShare application.”

After the completed application is approved a Government (TranServe) Debit Visa Card will be issued, which may be used to pay monthly expenses.

For more information, call

777-6144.

Fitness Center closes for floor refinishing

A list of the Warrior Fitness Center areas and the dates that they will be closed is listed below.

Feb. 12 – A basketball court, racquetball courts closed for preparation

Feb. 13 – Two basketball courts, racquetball courts, aerobics room will be closed

Feb. 14 – Facility shutdown for sanding and applying a urethane coating

Feb. 14-18 – The entire facility will be closed

Feb. 19-23 – The facility is open, but both basketball courts, racquetball courts and group exercise room will be closed.

Speed limit change after Feb. 20

A traffic speed limit will change on Southbound Wardleigh Road just north of Building 1515, the 309th Maintenance Software Group, after Feb. 20, near the railroad tracks.

The speed limit will lower from 30 mph to 25 mph.

Hill AFB National Prayer Breakfast

A prayer breakfast will be held Feb. 26 from 7:15 a.m.-9 a.m. at the Hill Aerospace Museum. Military participants are asked to wear their uniform, while civilian employees should wear business casual attire. The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert J. Wicks, Psy D., author of the book “Perspective.”

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased through the 75th ABW Protocol office at 777-5565 or email cynthia.vigil@us.af.mil or contact Chaplain (Capt.) Steven Cuneio at 777-2106 or Steven.Cuneio@us.af.mil. A complimentary copy of Wick’s book, “Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm” will be given to the first 300 people that RSVP.

AEF Family Retreat at Wolf Creek Resort

Another AEF Family retreat will be held at Wolf Creek Resort March 14-16 for married Airmen and their families.

To attend, Airment should contact their unit’s First Sergeant. Registration is $50.

75th ABW training days begin Feb. 12

Beginning Feb. 12, the 75th Air Base Wing has designated the second Wednesday of each month as a “Training Day.”

The training day schedule is Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

During these training days, the 75 Medical Group, which includes the base pharmacy, will be closed, but there will not be a change in the appointment process.

Other ABW organizations will be open, but minimally manned.

Customers are recommended to conduct business on the other days of each month.

General McPeak book signing

On Monday, Feb.10 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Gen. Merrill A. McPeak, the 14th Air Force Chief of Staff, will be signing his book, “The Aerial View Trilogy, Book 1: Hangar Flying.”

“Hangar Flying” is a memoir of General McPeak’s early service in fighter squadrons, a story about military flying in the tumultuous 1960s.

Munitions inventory time

The 649th Munitions Squadron will conduct 100 percent inventories of the Base (FV2027), Test (FV2171) and STAMP (FV2304) stockpiles from March 3 to 31. All Base, Test and STAMP customers requiring munitions support during this timeframe must deliver the applicable documentation to the Custody Accounts section no later than Feb. 18.

During the inventories, the only transactions that will be supported are emergency requests approved in writing by the group commander or equivalent. Any questions should be directed to Staff Sgt. Westley Smith at 775-2964, Staff Sgt. Chad Spuhler at 586-8498 or Technical Sgt. Lisa Prue at 777-6574.

Drug reduction program moves

This month, the Drug Demand Reduction Program will be moving from its current location to Building 152, with the Grand Opening Ceremony scheduled for March.

The move will provide dedicated space for the program and enlarge its waiting room and will be closer to the general testing population.

DDR will have the entire north side of the first floor. DDR is currently located in building 546.

Hill Thrift Shop reopens

The Hill Thrift Shop on Hill AFB is open at its new location in Building 841 on H Street.

Buy lightly used items or sell personal items on consignment. Proceeds support the Hill AFB community.

For more information, including a list of new store hours, visit www.thehillthriftshop.com.

WSU’s basketball has Hill appreciation night

The Weber State University men’s basketball team will be hosting a Hill Appreciation Night on Feb. 27.

The Wildcats play Sacramento State in the Dee Event Center at 7 pm.

Anyone with a government ID can obtain four free tickets from the Dee Event Center Ticket Office beginning through the night of the game.

— Hilltop Times



In the Know

January 30, 2014

After-hours

fitness access

Air Force Services recently received authorization to implement after-hours fitness access. This initiative allows unstaffed facility usage after normal hours of operation.

In an effort to enhance/increase fitness opportunities here at Hill Air Force Base, we have leaned forward to meet all required operational parameters for implementation of 24-hour Fitness Center use.

After-hours Fitness Access is not intended to replace supervised access and programs. Facilities offering after-hours access must have security monitors, controlled access and emergency capabilities.

Effective Feb. 14, the fitness centers camera surveillance will be expanded to 24/7 use.

After-hours access is voluntary and currently only available to our military population. For more information on how to register for access, contact the fitness center at 777-2762.

Tax Center

opens Jan. 31

The Tax Center will open on Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 a.m.

The Tax Center prepares taxes free of charge for active duty military members, Reserve Component members on active-duty status, retirees and their dependents. The Tax Center is located at Bldg. 430 (old BX), and is open for walk-in appointments Monday through Friday from the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until

April 15.

For more information, please contact the Tax Center at

777-1040.

Suicide prevention

town hall meetings

Suicide is a problem in our work centers and in our communities. Attempting to curtail the death toll is a responsibility we all share. While the Air Force has a robust suicide prevention program, we continue to experience deaths by suicide in our workforce as well as family members.

In February, Hill AFB is partnering with Ogden and Layton to help reach out to all personnel and their family members in an effort to educate them about available resources and ask their assistance in preventing suicide. These meetings are intended for our teen and adult community members.

All will benefit from these educational opportunities.

• Ogden Suicide Prevention

Town Hall Meeting

When: Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Ogden High School

• Layton Suicide Prevention Town Hall Meeting

When: Feb. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Northridge High School.

The program will provide education about:

1. Recognizing warning signs of suicide and how to intervene,

2. A successful school-based program, and

3. A story of hope from a suicide survivor.

Additionally, there will be booths from installation and community helping resources with information to help our families prevent suicide. Maj. Gen. Baker, Col. Kolbe and community leaders will speak on community-based efforts to prevent suicide.

This is a great opportunity to reach out to our families and encourage them to join the fight against suicide. Now that you’ve read about the town hall meetings, we hope all readers will spread the word and encourage friends, family and friends’ families to attend. This is too good an opportunity to increase awareness on how to prevent suicide for us to miss.

As an incentive for those families in Layton with a 9th-12th grader, attendance by a parent and student will make-up a “U” on a student’s report card.

Come and learn how to make a difference.



In the Know

January 23, 2014

Chill Around The Hill

Spend the day bowling, kayaking in the pool, snow painting, carnival games, human powered dog sled races, marshmallow roasting, and much, much more.

This free event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8.

“Chill Central” will be located at the Bowling Center (Bldg. 525) with activities taking place at the Hess Fitness Center, Warrior Fitness Center, Arts & Crafts and the ball fields to the northeast of the Hess.

New this year is the Chilly Chili 5K Run that begins and ends at the Warrior Fitness Center.

Run participants will judge the chili samples and determine the winner.

Registration is now open for any organization or individual who wants to enter the chili contest.

Gather your co-workers, friends or strangers. Or build your team, craft your sled, and challenge others in the Human Powered Dog Sled Races. Teams consist of six or fewer members.

The course is located east of the Hess.

Register online before Feb. 7. Prizes for fastest sled, best design, best costume and grand prize for an overall winner.

For more information and registration information, call 801-775-2084 or visit www.75fss.com.

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance

Dance the night away this Valentine’s Day at the Sweetheart Dance.

The dance will be from 6-10 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Admission is $6 for members and $8 for non-members. Light refreshments will be provided. Dresses and collared shirts are encouraged.

All attendees must have an AF 88 registration form on file. This form can be picked up at the Youth Center (Bldg. 883) before or on the night of dance.

Forms must be filled out and signed by parent.

For more information, call 801-777-2419.

Military Saves Week: Drive to 850

Al Bingham, a nationally recognized financial expert and author, will provide analysis and insight on credit and money saving strategies for managing your finances.

Bingham will help you identify strategic methods to rapidly increase your FICO credit scores and save hundreds of dollars each month.

The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center.

For more information, call 801-777-4681.

Military Saves

Week: Couponing

Coupons & Rebates in the Digital Age.

The event is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center and will cover:

1. Where to find coupons;

2. Using coupons and rebates for items other than groceries;

3. Organizing coupons;

4. Stacking coupons

5. Understanding stores policies; and

6. Finding an organizational system that works for you. Registration is required.

For more information, call 801-777-4681.

Hill AFB helps with suicide prevention

Hill Air Force Base will offer meetings and resources to assist in preventing suicide for teens and adults.

The meetings will be in:

Ogden, Feb.1, 10 a.m. - noon, Ogden High School.

Layton, Feb. 25, 6:30p.m. - 8 p.m., Northridge High School.



Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon Jan. 16

January 9, 2014

The Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, at The Landing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Guest speaker will be Pastor France Davis, Calvary Baptist Church, Salt Lake City. 
Tickets are currently on sale by purchase from the committee members. Cost for the luncheon is $16.50 for club members and $18.50 if not.
Point of contact for the event is Stephen Fairclough, Committee chairman, who can be reached at 801-586-0827 or email: stephen.fairclough@us.af.mil. 
Posters are being displayed throughout the base. 



Change in AHRN, DoD has separate service

January 2, 2014

On Dec. 31, the Department of Defense (DoD) sponsorship of the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) will expire. Effective Jan. 1, housing offices will no longer manage rental listings or communicate with members and property owners through AHRN. However, the AHRN website will continue to operate as a commercial entity and registered users will be prompted to review and accept an updated user agreement.
The Air Force remains committed to providing members with affordable, adequate housing and will continue to provide referral and relocation services. Housing offices will maintain available rental listings using a government-managed system.  Members and their families should contact or visit the military housing office to receive assistance in locating suitable housing. Property managers and landlords should also contact the installation housing office to list available properties.
The Air Force Housing public website, www.housing.af.mil, is still available and provides a venue for members to obtain specific installation information on family, unaccompanied and privatized housing. Please visit this site for contact details for Air Force housing offices, you can reach the Housing Office here at Hill AFB by calling 801-777-0709.



Capitol Christmas Tree Ceremony

November 7, 2013

 

On Monday, Nov. 11, Col. Kathryn Kolbe, 75th Air Base Wing commander, will speak at a ceremony welcoming the Capitol Christmas Tree to the Junction in Ogden, at 4 p.m. The Engelmann Spruce is being transported across country to the Capitol Building in D.C., and the ceremony marks an opportunity for families to see the tall tree, hear from veterans and sign cards to send to a member of the U.S. military on deployment. The Melodic Medics from Hill AFB will also perform.



WSU Military Appreciation Game

November 7, 2013

Team Hill has been invited to the Weber State Military Appreciation Game against Southern Utah at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Show your Hill AFB ID at the Dee Events Center Ticket Office any time leading up to the game to receive four complimentary tickets, or present your ID at any of the stadium ticket kiosks to receive up to four complimentary general admission tickets to the game.



Marines celebrate birthday on Nov. 8

November 7, 2013

 

All Marines and Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen are invited to the 238th Marine birthday at noon on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Golden Corral in Layton. This celebration has grown in size each year, don’t be left out. The restaurant is located at 1624 N. Heritage Park Blvd, Layton.

For questions, email bradbaggiano@msn.com or bradley.baggiano@dla.mil.



Outdoor and Wingman Expo

October 24, 2013

A travel, education, fitness expo Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Warrior Fitness Center. The event will unite Wingmen through travel, recreation, education, fitness and fun. Explore a variety of fitness and wellness vendors. Leaders will connect wingmen to resiliency, visit with education experts. For more information, call 801-777-3525.