Bus to base begins April 14

April 3, 2014

 

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — In the past, mass transit and Hill Air Force Base have been a little like oil and water — they didn’t quite mix. But this spring, a new service from the Utah Transit Authority aims to change that.

UTA announced Wednesday that details have been finalized for a new service that will offer two new bus routes that will connect the base with FrontRunner’s Clearfield Station at 1250 S. State St. — making FrontRunner a viable transit option for those who commute to Hill.

The service will officially begin April 14.



Hill Airmen may see less pay when deployed

April 3, 2014

 

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The list of dangerous places in the world will soon become considerably smaller — at least according to the Department of Defense.

The military announced earlier this month that it is planning to scale back bonus pay for service members who deploy to dangerous parts of the world.

Beginning June 1, the DoD plans to discontinue its “imminent danger pay,” or IDP, in multiple countries where U.S. forces either are already deployed, have recently deployed or will deploy in the near future.



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April 3, 2014

Sexual assault awareness luncheon

A Sexual Assault Awareness Month luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. on April 17 at The Landing Ballroom.

Dress is uniform of the day.

Admission is $11.50 for members and $13.50 for non-members.

Entrees include pecan crusted chicken salad, roast turkey sandwich or vegetarian avocado sandwich.

For more information, call the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office at 801-777-1985/1964.

Walk-in service ends at Tricare

The 75th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center closed April 1.



Air Force to clean up contaminated weapons sites

March 27, 2014

 

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force has a plan to clean up three contaminated military weapons sites on Hill Air Force Base.

The Air Force is currently accepting public comment on a plan to clean up three “Military Munitions Response Program” sites that are now inactive at Hill. The sites include an outdoor small arms firing range, a munitions dump and a powder burning pit.



Air Force sets goal to reduce budget over next five years

March 27, 2014

 

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Sequestration — it’s a phrase that’s been repeated often and seems like it will never go away.

The Air Force announced recently it will resume a program that will reduce its force by thousands of airmen over the next five years, in an attempt to meet budget reduction requirements caused by sequestration.

The program calls for voluntary cuts through separation and early retirement plans, but it also calls for involuntary cuts that would be made at the discretion of special Air Force retention boards.



Airmen, retirees troubled by commissary cuts

March 27, 2014

 

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — It’s a good-news, bad-news scenario: Although it appears military commissaries aren’t going anywhere, the money used to run them is being slashed and customers will have to make up some of the difference.

Late last year, news reports circulated indicating the Department of Defense was planning to close commissaries across the country. Since then, the DoD has said there are no plans to close any commissaries but that the fiscal year 2015 budget request includes major cuts to the commissary subsidy.



Summit caters to service families with special needs

March 27, 2014

 

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Moving across the country or across the world can be difficult for any service member, but for military families with special needs, relocating presents an entirely new and unique set of challenges.

Last week, Hill Air Force Base hosted its annual Special Needs Summit — a one-stop shop for active-duty military members and retirees that provides information on a variety of topics and services special-needs families typically must have.



In the Know

March 27, 2014

Fitness centers change in hours

The Warrior and Hess Fitness Centers changed their hours of operation March 10, because of a reduction in manning.

The new hours will be Monday through Friday from 5:30-7 p.m., Saturday through Sunday from 7:30-4 p.m. and holidays/family days from 9 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Warrior Fitness Center offers a weight room, cardiovascular exercise equipment, universal equipment, saunas, racquetball courts, two basketball courts, a climbing wall and indoor running/walking track.



Naval sea cadet corps to establish unit at Hill AFB

March 20, 2014

 

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hill Air Force Base is typically known for what they do in the sky, but a new unit at the base will bring the focus to the sea.

Next month, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps will establish a unit at Hill. The Sea Cadet Corps is a non-profit group that partners with the Navy and the Coast Guard to provide hands-on military training to American youth.



Sequestration: Fewer F-35s

March 20, 2014

 

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The proposed 2015 Pentagon budget already has fewer F-35s purchases than expected, and if sequestration-level funding persists, the number of jets in the air and the amount of hours to fly them will continue to dwindle.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s defense budget for the next fiscal year includes $7.9 billion for 34 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets — down from the 42 aircraft the Pentagon had originally expected to purchase.

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