So you've deployed, come back and are eligible for a campaign medal signifying you've served in the AOR. You're probably not aware that you now qualify to join an organization on base and meet with some of those who have served with distinction.
Every first Tuesday of the month, a group of veterans meets at the base in the Chiefs Room, the one farthest east at The Landing. This month it's Jan. 8.
Looking back on the past eventful year, Team Hill has risen to the top and surmounted challenges, made adjustments and is looking forward to even more opportunities.
Even as 2012 is nearing its last few days and the Hilltop Times goes to press, fiscal challenges are not slowing down. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, issued a memorandum stating that everyone will go to work on Jan. 2 even if Congress does not agree on a budget. He said financial adjustments would be made later in the year if necessary.
75 ABW/SEF (Flight Safety) received word recently that they had taken the AFMC Flight Safety Award for FY 2012.
The team consists of Capt. Adam Bradbury and Master Sgt. Brent Day, an active pilot and an experienced maintainer, respectively.
"Flight Safety is responsible for all safety of the flying operations here at Hill Air Force Base," said Bradbury. While there are several flight safety offices on base, this is the Installation Flight Safety office, in terms of the runway and the entire air field.
Maj. Mikel Gregory, AFROTC Detachment 855 (BYU) Education Flight commander, brought approximately 67 Air Force ROTC cadets and their spouses with him to Hill AFB on Dec. 7. At the conclusion of the tour he reported they now have a better idea what they are getting into now that they have seen a base. "On top of that their eyes are opened up to other options," he said. "Maybe they had thought they might want to be a pilot or an intelligence officer, but there are a lot of career fields that make up the whole."
CLEARFIELD -- The Hill Starbase Academy celebrated the graduation of three sixth-grade classes from South Clearfield Elementary School at a special assembly on Nov. 30.
An F-16 pilot from the 388th Fighter Wing, Capt. Bryan Brandon, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. He talked to the students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, as it is commonly called, in the day-to-day experiences he has as a pilot.
Tech. Sgt. Juan R. Alomar, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was selected at the 12th Air Force level for one of the categories for the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award.
Col. Scott Long passed along his praise.
"Please say congratulations to Tech. Sgt. Alomar, who won the 12th Air Force Leo Marquez Award for technical supervisor! He will now go on to compete at the MAJCOM level. Great work," Long noted.
An anticipated change in deployment tempo for EOD Airmen was announced in a video as part of the fifth annual EOD Safety Day for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight of the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hill AFB. The change would lengthen the amount of time members would spend at their home station as opposed to deployment time and is part of a long term view of what might be needed in the Afghanistan Area of Operation. Maj. Gen. Timothy Byers, the Air Force Civil Engineer, Headquarters U.S.
Team Hill has a celebrity of sorts within its midst. Michael Woodburn, Food Court manager of the Charley's Grilled Subs restaurant at Hill Air Force Base, took the honors for the Charleys worldwide competition for designing an innovative Limited Time Offering sandwich. As the GrillMaster winner, he took home a trophy and his team will all receive chef jackets.
When Debbie French brought quilts she had created to work some time ago, she started something that has spread bright colorful warmth to the Burn Unit at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City and now to the George E. Wahlen Veterans Nursing Home in Ogden.
Her co-workers asked her to teach them, and a quilter's guild was born.
Eight veterans of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, received medals honoring their service presented by Col. Frederick Thaden, 75th Air Base Wing vice commander, at a ceremony at the Brigham City Tabernacle on Veterans Day.
The colonel spoke at the event acknowledging the sacrifices of veterans and the contributions of the "Greatest Generation" during World War II. He recounted the reactions of the nation to the pivotal events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the response of firefighters and emergency workers and then the armed forces.