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.

In the Know

February 27, 2014

Awards Breakfast

The Team Hill Annual Awards Breakfast 2014 will be at 7 p.m. on March 14 at the Hill Aerospace Museum.

Dress code for the event is Uniform of the day for military and business attire for civilians. Military Participants should wear service dress.

The menu will include scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, bacon, french toast, coffee, tea and orange juice. Admission is $15.

For more information, contact 1st Lt. Melissa McWherter at 801-777-6288.

Special Needs Summit

Bus to base

February 20, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Utah Transit Authority is proposing a new bus service from the Clearfield FrontRunner station onto the installation beginning in mid-April. Route 644 would service the west side and Route 655 would service the east side of the base.

Learn more about UTA’s proposal by attending one of the following public comment open houses:

• Tuesday, Feb 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Clearfield City Community Art Center, multi-purpose room, 140 E. Center St, Clearfield.

Townhall to discuss suicide prevention

February 20, 2014

LAYTON — Preventing suicide and helping families who have been impacted by it will be the focus of a town hall meeting next week in Layton.

According to the Utah Department of health, suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in Utah and is the 2nd leading cause of death among teens.

Utah ranks 7th in the nation for suicides with an average of 10 suicides every week. In 2012, 545 Utahns lost their lives as a result of suicide a rate of nearly 21 people for a population of 100,000.

Construction work coming

February 13, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Next month, you might want to make arrangements to get to work a little early if you drive along Southgate Drive at Hill Air Force Base.On March 3, Hill’s 75th Civil Engineering Squadron will begin a road construction project on South gate Drive from Wardleigh Avenue to roughly Hangar 1 on the flightline.A total of nine buildings will be affected by the project, including the following: Building 1, 5, 204, 202, 206, 200, 205, 233 and 214.Darren Giordano, with the 75th CES, said the project will likely last until late August.Giordano said that during the duration of the

Big UTA discounts available for Hill commuters

February 6, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- While Hill Air Force Base and the Utah Transit Authority consider expanding transit on base, employees who work there will be able to use the service for pennies on the dollar.

During 2014, all federal employees can receive up to $130 every month to pay for travel between their homes and place of employment — a benefit Hill and UTA officials say base employees should consider as transit to and on the base is expected to increase later this year.

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