Cherie Huntington, DeCA public affairs specialist
July 10, 2014
FORT LEE, Va. — The Defense Commissary Agency has established a formal process covering diversion of unsellable but edible food to local food banks.The program now involves 110 stateside commissaries that will divert qualifying food to 77 food banks approved by the Defense Department, but both numbers will continue to rise.“During fiscal year 2013, DeCA donated 638,582 pounds,” said Randy Eller,... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 10, 2014
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Air Force Global Strike Command’s three missile wings June 30 - July 1 to meet with Airmen and discuss changes made in the force over the past six months.James’ first stop was F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, where she met with leadership and held Airmen focus groups to get feedback and emphasize the... Read more
Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
July 10, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — When Airmen go through major changes in their life, such as marriage, a permanent change of station, or having a child, one of the first things that should come to mind is, “I have to update my Virtual Record of Emergency Data,” or vRED.While this is not always the case, it is imperative Airmen update their emergency data when major changes occur and at... Read more
Terri Moon Cronk, Hilltop Times Staff
July 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said.Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DoD’s special needs program, told DoD News that service members and their families can find a comprehensive tool in the newly... Read more
Air Force News Service
July 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. James Jackson, the chief of Air Force Reserve, and Maj. Warren Neary, the Air Force Space Command historian, presented two pieces of art depicting Reserve Airmen in operational roles to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, recently.Neary, also a reservist, painted Bandage 33 and Showtime after Welsh highlighted the stories behind each piece during his speech at... Read more
Wendy Brown, Fort Bliss Public Affairs
July 10, 2014
FORT BLISS, Texas — As a young captain, Air Force Brig. Gen. Allen Jamerson once wondered why the Air Force did not have one place where security forces could go for training and evaluation.“All security forces would come through (Fort Polk, Louisiana), and they had all been trained at different regional training centers, and there was a different standard of training for each one of those people... Read more


Commentary: Embracing smart change

Col. Craig Rice, 75th Medical Group commander
July 10, 2014
I can’t get some slogans out of my head; slogan’s like Nike’s “Just Do It,” KFC’s “Finger Lickin Good,” and M&M’s “Melts in your mouth not in your hands.” For decades, military services have also employed slogans in their attempt to lure the best young men and women into their ranks. Many slogans, like the “duty, honor, country,” and “It’s Not Just A Job, It’s An Adventure,” were extremely... Read more
Col. David Chiesa, 71st Medical Group
July 10, 2014
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Remember the movie “Captain America?”The main character tried to join the Army under different names and in different cities, yet he was always denied because of his size and perceived notions about his abilities. This comic book hero eventually overcame his lack of physical attributes, and defeated the greatest threat of World War II — Hydra.Our Chief of Staff, Gen... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
July 10, 2014
There are multiple lane restrictions throughout the base because of construction.The 75th Civil Engineer Group has contracted a utilities project for Canberra Street buildings that requires the contractor to trench across Canberra Street at various locations to make connections or replacement for the existing sanitary sewer, steam line, water system and storm sewer.This effort is scheduled... Read more
Hilltop Times staff
July 10, 2014
Questar Gas and National Pipeline began construction of a new high pressure natural gas feeder line serving Hill Air Force Base on July 7.This work is expected to cause minimal impact to traffic flow during normal duty hours. Primary construction work is scheduled to extend through Aug. 17. All construction work will be done after normal duty hours. Construction will be completed by... Read more