Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 5, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Once upon a time, the United States Air Force spent time and money chasing flying saucers, extraterrestrial beings and other unexplained phenomena reported to be occupying our skies.Although those days have long since vanished, recently released documents — which many in the UFO community consider to be Holy Grail — now allow anyone with Internet access to relive the days... Read more
Sarah Stoll, Hilltop Times Correspondent
February 5, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Each week for most of the year — except for a break during summer months — a free Climbing 101 course is offered at the Warrior Fitness Center for those who are eligible to work out in the WFC and who are over the age 13. A dedicated team of volunteers manages the wall and climbing program and has fine-tuned the language of this class to make it easy to follow, fun to... Read more
1ST LT. KAYLEE AUSBUN, 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
February 5, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen in the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 466th AMU will compete in a weapons load competition in Hangar 37 here at 8 a.m. Feb. 13 to determine which unit will be named “Weapons Load Crew of the Year.”  The 421st, an active-duty squadron under the 388th Fighter Wing, and the 466th, a reserve squadron under the 419th Fighter Wing will go head-to-head in the... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN JENSEN STIDHAM, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
February 5, 2015
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C.  — Walking through the 20th Maintenance Group building, it would be appropriate to stop and gaze into the office of one senior leader there. Eyes would be greeted with several mannequins wearing different shades of green and blue, each decorated with metals and ribbons.For most of his life, Lt. Col. Kyle Clement, the 20th MXG deputy commander, has been preserving... Read more
HOLLY PETRAEUS, Consumer Financial Protection Agency
February 5, 2015
Military personnel who have trouble handling their personal finances can very quickly find their duty status, potential promotions and even military careers in jeopardy. And, over time, the lingering burden of debt can add stress to personal relationships and damage their credit profile. But does that debt have to be a career killer?Service members, veterans and military families have submitted... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
February 5, 2015
In a short period of time, smartphones have completely changed the way we live. However, much like Newton’s Third Law of Motion (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction), these changes have had both positive and negative consequences. Positive: Instant messaging and texting allow us to stay in contact with friends and loved ones at all times. If you’re a parent concerned... Read more
Janis El Shabazz, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
February 5, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, said Office of Personnel Management officials.Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same coverage and... Read more
STAFF SGT. ERICA PICARIELLO, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
January 29, 2015
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — While some might make a more concerted effort to turn off light switches or unplug unused electronics, one Clinton, Utah, native and Brigham Young University graduate conserves energy by applying it to his morning commute.For more than two decades, David Dawson, Maxwell Air Force Base’s Air Force Officer Training School director of staff, has made the personal... Read more
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
January 29, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chief of Staff of the Air Force Mark A. Welsh III teamed up with Google to launch a live discussion with Airmen from bases around the world, using video chat technology.Airmen asked both the general and his wife, Betty Welsh, questions about Air Force life, ranging from future mission and operations to key spouse programs. A few of the questions were more personal, focusing on... Read more
Jamie Lampros, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 22, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hill Air Force Base has a full-time veterinary clinic equipped to treat your four-legged furry friends.The Veterinary Treatment Facility is open to all DOD eligible CAC holders, active, retired, guard and reserve, living on or off base. The clinic is staffed by Army Veterinary Corps personnel, including chief veterinarian Dr. Melanie Swartz, staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa... Read more

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