309 MXW to inactivate; members to be part of OO-Air Logistics Complex

June 7, 2012

In the next few weeks, the organization that is the 309th Maintenance Wing will ceremonially inactivate and furl its guidons, then pick up and continue working as part of the new Ogden Air Logistics Complex.

Our wing began as the Maintenance Directorate, led by Gene Hathenbruck, followed by the 309th MXW, led by Brig. Gen. Robert McMahon, Brig. Gen. Art Cameron, Brig. Gen. John Cooper and Sue Dryden. I am proud to have served in this honorable lineage.

Hill 519th SMXS SEON team helps track recent solar flares

May 10, 2012

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.

Last cruise missiles crushed at Hill AFB

April 19, 2012

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.

A-10 gets its new wings at Hill

February 23, 2012

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.

C-130 crew chief takes additional role as program implemented

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."

Program manager and his team save Air Force more than $10 million

January 19, 2012

This is Part 2 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.

It bothered Thomas Hutchinson when he saw depot field teams deploying to remote locations to do four separate modifications on aircraft over a four-year period, resulting in massive TDY costs and grounded aircraft.

Helping out one of their own

October 27, 2011

Paying $20 for a single cookie seems pretty pricey. But those who know Mike Sakashita voluntarily paid that much and more at a recent bake sale to benefit their friend and co-worker.

Sakashita, a planner in the 582nd Missile Maintenance Squadron Cable Shop, has Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. It is the most common type of lung cancer and spreads slowly to other areas.

MERWS built in two days by team of nine

October 13, 2011

A nine-man crew of Air Force and Army civilians added a structure to the east side of Hill Air Force Base in September, taking only two days to build it.

The structure, a Modular Extendable Rigid Wall Shelter or MERWS, was built ear the radome from a kit as a training exercise. The kit, including walls, floors, roof and support beams, all fits in an 8 by 8 by 20-foot storage container that weighs 14,700 pounds and can be moved by forklift.

309th Maintenance Wing employee invents portable mill, saves thousands

September 22, 2011

A portable milling tool, designed by a 309th Maintenance Wing employee, is helping extend the life and safety of A-10 wings, and at the same time is saving the Air Force thousands of dollars.

Tommy Rollins, a machinist with the 577th Commodities Reclamation Squadron, 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, worked for about three years to perfect what is now called the A-10 Wing Station 110 Milling Tool. He recently brought the third version of the tool to the A-10 Wing Shop, 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (Technical Repair) for use at Hill.

Do you remember where you were that September?

September 8, 2011

As Mike Moore worked in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, he was separated from the area hit by American Airlines flight 77 by just a few hallways and floors. And because of this and his past training, he was able to help save the lives of many that day.

Nearly 10 years after he witnessed the destruction, Moore still vividly remembers the Tuesday when the world changed. Now the deputy director of the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group, he was an active duty Air Force major in 2001, working on the Pentagon's fifth floor, above and south of the impact area.

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