The Team Hill Combined Federal Campaign raised more than $962,000 in pledges and donations in 2012. A breakfast was held to honor and recognize the Hill CFC volunteers Dec. 18.
"Being part of the CFC and seeing all the hard work that goes on in the background to ensure all of the donations are properly processed and helping establish goals makes you realize the size of this campaign," said Scott Johnson, Team Hill 2012 CFC chairman.
The holidays are a time for traditions, and Hill AFB carried out one of its own by giving back to the people who give so much all year round. The annual Team Hill Airmen's Cookie Drive once again provided people with a delicious taste of home they might not get to experience with their own families.
When Hill AFB lost one of its members in May 2011, people who knew him felt a need to commemorate his bravery and sacrifice with a permanent memorial. Thus, Tech. Sgt. Kristoffer Solesbee now has a street named after him. He had had been stationed at Hill before his final deployment to Afghanistan as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician.
Taking a weekend away from the demands of daily life can be difficult for the couples of Hill AFB, but the Air Expeditionary Retreat on resiliency provides an opportunity for them to have a good time and get advice about how to make a family work amid the stresses of Air Force life.
Native America/Alaska Native Heritage month culminated in the annual powwow at Clearfield High School on Nov. 17, giving interested spectators a taste of original American culture.
"We do it every year, celebrating nationalities connected with Native American month, and it gives us a chance to show people what our heritage is about," said Jeremiah Sudyka, who participated in the event.
The powwow featured a series of performances by dance troupes from as far away as Canada, and the locals who had come to the event were allowed to join in some of the dances.
Thanksgiving may not have been a family affair this year for some Airmen away from home, but 388th and 419th Fighter Wing members had the opportunity to attend a group feast on Nov. 21 and interact with their colleagues in a stress-free environment.
"It's a chance to see all the different people we work with. Even when we work together, sometimes we play together too," said Senior Master Sgt. Cynthia Seipert, 419th Medical Squadron.
Hill Air Force Base took the opportunity to celebrate Veterans Day with the local community in Layton, and it gave participants a sense of the sacrifices the town has made throughout the past century.
Layton held a Veterans Day ceremony at Central Davis High School, which began with a welcome from Layton council member Joyce Brown, a presentation of the colors by Northridge High School's ROTC, and the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Scott Sweeten.
Later on, Layton's mayor, Steve Curtis, gave his own tribute to the Layton citizens who have entered the armed forces.
A new weight loss incentive program has been continued by the Civilian Wellness team, and following on the heels of a successful turnout last year, it is sure to catch on with people in the 2012 holiday season.
Happy Healthy Holidays, which is being run by team member Jennifer Sedgwick, is a bingo game of sorts. Each person who signs up gets a piece of paper with twelve squares on it, each of which has a task to complete, such as attending the Winter Expo, getting a blood pressure check, or not gaining more than two pounds during the holiday season.
Women at Risk (WAR) created gifts and products will be sold at the Hill Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 17. The event is being spearheaded by Jennifer Scariano, a military spouse. The event promotes awareness of the inherent dangers and widespread incidence of human trafficking around the world.
Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the culture that still exists among so many people in the population of Utah, and the Hill NAAN Heritage Committee's invitation to Tribal Council Chairman Larry Cesspooch of the Utes gave residents a chance to hear some of the history of Utah's natives.
"I'm from a traditional family who speaks Ute and sings and dances," Cesspooch said. "My great-grandfather had a big white birthmark on his belly, so 'Cesspooch' was his Indian name."