Identifying and fixing safety hazards in their areas has earned four 309th Electronics Maintenance Group shops gold-level status in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
The Ground Power Generators and Harness Shop, and the Air Cooled Generators Shop, both part of the 526th Electronics Maintenance Squadron, were the first units within the Ogden Air Logistics Complex and on Hill AFB to be so honored. They received their commemorative banners from Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr., Ogden ALC commander, on Feb. 26.
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex recently selected team and individual award winners for Special Programs. They will go on to compete at the Air Force Sustainment Center level.
Communication and Information Technology Team of the Year: 309th Software Maintenance Group/OBNC. Team members are Brian Elkins, Kim Hanken, Lauri Brynjulson, Joanna Wolf, John Pierce, Roy Hale, George Manning, Allison Truong, Bob Bent, Janet Hammons, Jerry Clarke, Marc Robbins, Mark Crosthwait and Paul Kriekard.
The 572nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron took on a new workload last month as a U.S. Coast Guard H-model C-130 Hercules aircraft arrived for maintenance.
The 572nd will do a primary structure inspection — also known as programmed depot maintenance — on the aircraft, which is estimated to take between 180 and 200 days.
“This is the first Coast Guard aircraft we have received for this type of work,” said Doug Neel, C-130 Lead Planner for the 572nd. “We will do three for the Coast Guard on this year’s schedule.”
When Brent Baker was about to become an Air Force officer, and after serving 6 years as an enlisted member, he and his wife, Robyle, set a goal.
"We said if I could proceed through the ranks and be able to retire as a major, that would be great," Baker recalled. "We've gone a little past that -- and it's pretty exciting."
A gathering of government and industry representatives last week considered ways to improve public-private partnerships and share successes with others.
The three-day workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Defense (OSD) and coordinated through the Ogden Air Logistics Complex Business Operations Office, drew over 200 participants, representing each of the services and industry.
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, will preside at the July 12 redesignation ceremony that will establish the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will be held in Hangar 204 near the base flightline.
No parking is available near the hangar, so shuttle buses will transport attendees from The Landing and from the parking lot at the corner of Georgia Street and Wardleigh Road, starting at 9 a.m.
Technology produced by the 309th Software Maintenance Group and installed at weather observatories throughout the world help detect the intense solar flares such as those experienced in late January and early February.
The flares, which resulted in the aurora borealis being visible in much of the Northern Hemisphere, are detected by solar radio antennas and solar optical telescopes. The software for these telescopes is developed, updated and maintained by the 519th Software Maintenance Squadron Solar Electro-Optical Network -- SEON -- team.
By Bill Orndorff
309th Maintenance Wing
Last cruise missiles crushed at Hill AFB
The era of the AGM-129A Advanced Cruise Missile (ACM) came to an end at Hill AFB on April 10 when the last one in the Air Force inventory was crushed to pieces by an excavator that resembled a large yellow dinosaur.
The sturdy A-10 Thunderbolt II, first built in the 1970s, is getting a new wing that will help it meet the demands of today's and tomorrow's war-fighters.
On Feb. 15, Hill Air Force Base and the Boeing Company commemorated completion of the first A-10 with a new enhanced wing assembly, designed to keep the aircraft flying until 2040.
This is Part 3 of a four-part series involving the four members of the Team Hill community who won the Ogden ALC 2012 AFA Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year award.
Since last August, Josh Tiffner has had what he considers "a really good eye opening experience."