In both an emotional and historic moment, seven Team Hill Airmen returned home December 21 from Ali Air Base, Iraq.
While this homecoming was special since these Airmen arrived home just in time to celebrate the holidays with their families and friends, the truly amazing thing about this group of Airmen is the fact that on Dec. 18, they were all on the very last American military flight out of Iraq.
Air Force Materiel Command's new vice commander is optimistic about the command's future, despite the fiscal challenges facing the Air Force and Department of Defense.
During his first visit to Hill as AFMC vice commander Oct. 24, Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II said although reducing defense spending is a necessary part of the solution to address the nation's budget crisis, what AFMC brings to the fight remains critical to our national security; from research and development to test, acquisition, sustainment and support to nuclear assets.
As the dust settled confusion began to set in.
Unable to see or hear, the 16-year Explosive Ordnance Disposal veteran tried to make sense of what just happened.
From the time he was a child 2nd Lt. Chad Hall, 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant officer in charge, has had a dream to become a professional athlete.
That dream was achieved March 11 when he was selected and signed to play professional football as a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Well it happened really quick to tell you the truth," Hall said. "This has been a very stressful week for me.