More than 3,000 military personnel and their families found picnic fare and fun at the Salute to our Nation's Defenders' Picnic at Centennial Park on July 13. The annual picnic is provided by the Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee (TOUMAC), a committee shared between the Davis Chamber of Commerce and the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce. The event receives strong financial support from key sponsors and the strong support of many volunteers.
On June 12, the 421st Fighter Squadron added Collin "Upgrade" Rowley as an honorary "Pilot for a Day" to its band of pilots for the afternoon.
The 17-year-old, wearing a flight suit, patch and dog tags, joined escort Capt. John "Tuff" Loveman for a briefing on F-16 capabilities. Collin asked questions about g-forces, and listened intently to some of the technical details about the aircraft's missiles, radar and historical background.
When faced with shredding carpets, duct taped areas and tripping hazards with lots of distinguished visitors dropping by, personnel at the Airman Leadership School (ALS) submitted a request for an unfunded project in order to fix the problem. Upon learning that the request had not been approved, leaders at the school sat down as a group and talked with their facility manager, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Martin.
An electronic form 332 was submitted, they talked to a former Self-Help employee, and within three days, they had two rooms with newly installed carpet and baseboards.
Capt. Johnathan Schubert, 75th Dental Squadron, found himself facing the longest tooth he had ever worked on when Military Working Dog Houston was carried in to one of his treatment rooms Monday, July 9.
HHouston had already had an extraction of one canine tooth, one of the four largest in a dog's mouth, and the potential loss of a second such canine tooth would effectively stop the young dog's military service.
Lt. Col. Christopher Decker, 75th Mission Support Group Deputy, wants Team Hill to be prepared for the Consolidated Unit inspection to be conducted next month. On Aug. 2, 18 inspectors will arrive at Hill Air Force Base to begin setting up preliminary arrangements for the inspection and by Aug. 4 the base will have approximately 170 AFMC IG inspectors on site.
"They'll be making sure that we are following the checklists and staying in compliance with Air Force directives," said Decker.
Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration, or Starbase, was launched at Hill Air Force Base with an official ribbon cutting June 29.
Col. Ryan Britton, director of ICBM System Directorate, thanked his people for their hard work at an ICBMSD Dining Out on June 30 held at the Landing. He thanked the families for their sacrifices and remarked on the reason behind his demanding expectations: the ability to provide the next generation the ability to reach for their goals in a free society. The directorate plans to hold the ICBMSD Dining Out annually.
It was a great idea that grew out of a conversation between Hill supporters at an unrelated function, some eleven years ago.
Vickie McCall, longtime Hill supporter, Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee member, and Tom Guinney of Gastronomy Inc., were talking about doing something for the military men and women just coming back from deployment at Hill Air Force Base. With the support of several organizations, people, community members and others, on Dec. 7, 2001 a tradition was born. A welcome home picnic greeted 400 members of Hill Air Force Base at the Hill Aerospace Museum.
Katie, a new Sesame Street character designed to relate to military children, will be present at the USO Tour on July 13-14 at Syracuse High School.
"The USO is very excited to partner again with Sesame Workshop as we return the tour to the U.S. with a fresh new look, theme and character. Our nation's military community is our top priority, especially our youngest heroes. Elmo's new friend Katie helps military kids just like her learn how to make new friends wherever they are," said Sloan Gibson, USO President and CEO, about the show and it's newest addition.
They started out in San Francisco, they'll end up at Virginia Beach, Va. Fourteen disabled military personnel, with two other participants coming along for the ride. The group, taking a total of 63 days, with a few rest days on the way will make their way across Highway 50 with few deviations from one coast to the other, with other occasional extra disabled and other voluntary bicyclists accompanying them from time to time.
The Sea to Shining Sea 2012 event gives these riders an opportunity to experience America, meet people on the way and work together as a group.