On Thursday, March 20, the American Red Cross Utah Region, held their 2014 Northern Utah Heroes Recognition Event in Ogden. Hill Air Force Base Chaplain (Capt.) Lukas Counterman was honored at this event for his heroic efforts during a car accident last year.
OGDEN — Cory Fitzwater stood over the huge silver bell at Weber State University’s Stewart Stadium with both a humble and grateful look in his eyes.
Standing before him were dozens of runners lined up in the chilly, windy weather to support him and thousands of other injured soldiers.
After ringing the bell, which signaled it was time for participants to take off on their 5-mile run, Fitzwater hugged his wife, Sami, as she wiped away tears.
“This means a lot,” he said.
March was National Nutrition Month and Team Hill participated by promoting awareness about nutrition, fitness and the available resources on Hill Air Force Base. Throughout the month of March, the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) offered the “Nutrition Madness” challenge. The program consisted of challenges that pushed participants to be their best physically and nutritionally.
The Hill Air Force Base Cross Country Team held its first 2014 meet on Wednesday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m. on the track across from the Warrior Fitness Center.
The team’s season includes a total of eight runs on Wednesdays from April 2-May 21.
Races begin at 4:30 p.m. and are held at different locations each week throughout the season.
Teams are made up of unit members.
MORGAN — “It is hard to explain the impact the story ‘Lone Survivor’ has had on me and my family,” says Joan Nold, of Morgan, regarding Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s account of his survival and the deaths of his teammates in Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005.
“Reading ‘Lone Survivor,’ then watching the movie, cannot help but move one to action. The story ignited a fire in me, and learning more about the Lone Survivor Foundation helped provide direction,” Nold said.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — One of the few remaining female pilots from World War II visited Hill AFB on March 13 and spoke about “Character, Courage and Commitment” at the annual Women’s History Luncheon.
Nell Bright joined the “Women Air Force Service Pilots,” WASPs for short. Female pilots, restricted from combat roles, trained men as fighter pilots and made domestic flights during the war.
“During World War II, everyone discovered women could do things they weren’t allowed to do before,” Bright said.
LAYTON – On many people’s minds in the filled-to-capacity conference room last week at the Intermountain Contract Management Seminar held at Weber State University Extension in Layton, was the continually shrinking Department of Defense budget.
On Friday, March 14th, 2014, the Team Hill Annual Awards Breakfast 2014 was held in the Hill AFB Aerospace Museum. Honorary guests enjoyed a buffet breakfast and a speech given by the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, James Cody.
According to event coordinator 1st Lt Ainslie Vizcarra, the breakfast was held “to properly recognize the outstanding performers across Team Hill … Not only is it a great opportunity to connect with senior leaders from across Team Hill, but it is truly rewarding to connect with all the tenant units on base.”
EDEN — Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody spoke to family members at a retreat they attended last weekend where Cody reminded them of the need to focus on what is most important in their lives — their families.
“When we focus on the strengths we gain from each other in our families by coming here to have fun and create those memories together that will last a lifetime, we can remember what’s really important in life,” Cody said.