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.

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.

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