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.

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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.

Both F-16s, F-35s to share Hill AFB

March 20, 2014


HILL AIR FORCE BASE — For at least a little while, the jet that has defined Hill Air Force Base’s past and the one that will define its future will live under the same roof.

As Hill readies for the arrival of the coveted F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the base also prepares to say goodbye to an old friend, the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

But before the farewell actually happens, the two fighter aircraft will be in simaltaneous operation at the base.

Vets get city proclamation

March 13, 2014

OGDEN — Ogden City is following the state’s lead and creating a day especially for Vietnam Veterans.

The city administration and the city council issued a joint proclamation this week, designating March 29 as “Vietnam Veterans Day” in Ogden City.

The proclamation comes on the heels of a similar measure passed earlier this month by the state legislature.

Prayer Breakfast speaker: Use respect to find happiness

March 6, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — With a thick East Coast accent and the flair and timing of a seasoned comedian, Dr. Robert Wicks captivated his audience not only by making them laugh, but also by making them think.

Wicks, a clinical psychologist, acclaimed public speaker and writer who talks about the intersection of spirituality and psychology, was the featured speaker at Hill Air Force Base’s annual Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday.

Spouses’ clubs have boot-scootin’ time at BBQ social

February 27, 2014


On Feb. 20, the Enlisted Spouses’ Club held their annual social event for the Officer’s Spouses’ Club.

The groups take turns hosting, and this year’s event was hosted by the ESC at the Hill AFB Chapel Annex at 6:30 p.m.

Spouses enjoyed a barbeque dinner and a wide-array of desserts in a vintage, country-western themed room complete with burlap, wooden signs, and Mason jar candles.

A photo booth gave spouses the chance to take funny photos — props and costumes made these photo souvenirs extra colorful.

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