Veterans Day weekend will bring several events to the Top of Utah area surrounding Hill Air Force Base. They include:
Friday, Nov. 9
Chief Master Sgt. Jason France, 75th Air Base Wing command chief, is excited about the advances he has seen in the Air Force over the course of his career. The third-generation military serviceman sat down recently with the Hilltop Times to introduce himself to Team Hill and answer a few questions. His grandfather served in the Army during World War II and his father served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. He grew up on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. and joined the Air Force when he made his choice of military services.
Universal Orlando Resort is offering a complimentary three day park-to-park pass for military. These tickets are available for the Universal Islands Park and Universal Studio Park near Orlando, Fla.
A small but enthusiastic group of runners took off from the starting line near Firehouse No. 1 on Oct. 13 as part of the last activity for National Fire Prevention Week at Hill Air Force Base. The event is reported to be the oldest free run in the Top of Utah in its 11th year.
The game is being designated as a Hill Air Force Base Appreciation event and will include a tailgating party.
The Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee has partnered with America First Credit Union and WSU to bring this opportunity for free tickets to anyone associated with Hill AFB who has a base ID.
"This includes the civilian workforce and the contractors so they can be part of an event like this," said Barbara Riddle, co-chairwoman of the TOUMAC event committee.
One out of 8 women will experience breast cancer sometime in their life. With October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, events have been planned at Hill Air Force Base.
"It's really more common than people realize," said Jennifer Sedgwick, as she emphasized the importance of screenings and education. The Health and Wellness Center employee said, "Fortunately, breast cancer is very treatable if detected early."
In a tune reminiscent of the "I'm a Bill" from "Schoolhouse Rock," the Intermountain Combined Federal Campaign Region showed its 2012 campaign video, "More Than Just a Bill" as part of its talent show kick-off at the Hill Aerospace Museum on Oct. 4.
Approximately 102 pounds of expired unused prescription medications were turned over to Drug Enforcement Agents as a result of the Medication Turn In at Hill AFB on Sept. 29.
Airman 1st Class Ryan George, 75 MDSS/SGSD, said the team at the Commissary had seen quite a few people dropping off medications, midway through the day.
"I think it's great, especially to get them off the shelves and we know we're potentially saving lives," said George. "It's just a good service for everybody to bring them in to us and get them properly disposed of."
Handlebar mustaches, cowboy boots and a can-do attitude brought together members of Team Hill for a good cause Sept. 28 as a dinner and auction raised more than $42,000 for a nonprofit, charitable organization which supports Hill military members and their families.
Dedicated crew chiefs were recognized on Sept. 27 as members of the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing held a ceremony to acknowledge its dedicated crew chiefs.