Another crack at the golden watch

April 17, 2014


HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen who missed out on retirement after the deadline passed for one of the Air Force’s voluntary separation programs, now have another crack at riding off into the sunset early.

The Air Force Personnel Center announced late last week that it will waive some active-duty service commitments, known in military circles as ADSCs, for airmen who are interested in voluntary separation from the service as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 “force management program.”

Hill Air Force Base to store unarmed ICBMs

April 17, 2014


HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The United States is planning to remove 50 missiles from its arsenal to comply with an arms treaty with Russia, but if those missiles ever need to be brought back into service, the Department of Defense will be able to find them at Hill Air Force Base.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced it would keep its current stash of 450 land-based missiles, but remove 50 such missiles from launch silos — all part of a plan to bring the U.S. into compliance with a 2011 “New START” arms-control treaty with Russia.

Ogden and employers brace for growth in customer service jobs

April 17, 2014


OGDEN — City officials here say a specific employment sector that has already created thousands of jobs in Ogden is set for another spike, but connecting job-seekers to those jobs will take a massive effort.

Enter the “Customer Service Career Fair” which will be held later this month by Ogden city and a host of other community organizations.

Several local employers — all advertising current job openings — involved in the customer service, e-commerce and sales sectors will be represented at the fair.

A lump-sum pension scam warning issued to veterans

April 10, 2014


OGDEN — If you’re a veteran and you’re approached with an offer to receive a lump-sum pension advance, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

That’s what veterans groups like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the U.S. Veterans Administration are saying as they warn of a new scam that, although technically isn’t illegal, could still cause financial ruin for many service veterans who qualify for VA pensions.

Pentagon pushes plan for new BRAC round

April 10, 2014


The Department of Defense is continuing with its push for another BRAC round.

On Wednesday, John C. Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations, told a subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington that a Base Realignment and Closure round is the best way for the DoD to keep pace with the continual slashing of the defense budget.

Buses to pick up workers at Clearfield FrontRunner station

April 10, 2014


Hill Air Force Base officials got a sneak peek of a new bus service that they hope will forever change the way employees on base get to and from work.

Recently, Col. Kathryn Kolbe, 75th Air Base Wing commander, along with some other base and Utah Transit Authority personnel, rode the FrontRunner commuter train from Farmington to Clearfield, then boarded a bus that took them directly to the base.

On Monday, April 14, base employees will be able to do the same thing.

Remembering Veterans

April 3, 2014


FARMINGTON — We were soldiers once — and young.

That message, simple as it may be, is what Kent Hansen is trying to convey with a project he’s working on at the Davis County Memorial Courthouse in Farmington.

Hansen, commander of American Legion Post 27 — which is headquartered at the courthouse — says he’s on a mission to gather as many photos as possible of Top of Utah American Legionnaires when they were young and in their military uniform.

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.

In the Know

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.

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