Commentary: It's 5 o'clock somewhere

CAPT. DAVID LIAPIS, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
January 22, 2015
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash.  — Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes.Reveille and Retreat ceremonies occur on most military installations across the U.S. at the beginning and the end of the duty day, typically 7 a.m. (7:30 a.m... Read more
Dana Rimington, Hilltop Times Correspondent
January 22, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, but it happened only because of his commitment, was the message Maj. Gen. Richard Clark, Vice Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB, La,, brought to the Martin Luther King commemoration last week at The Landing.  “We always talk about Dr. King as a visionary for his dream, but when I think of him, the thing... Read more
Lia Winfield, Chief of Exhibit Research and Design
January 22, 2015
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Hill Air Force Base, but have you ever wondered where the base got its name? Moreover, if you know the base is named after Ployer “Pete” Hill, who was he and what can we remember about him?Hill was a pioneer aviator. He piloted nearly every Army Air Corps aircraft between 1918 and 1935 during his highly successful career as an engineer, aerial photographer... Read more
LT. COL. WILLIAM M. VILLEGAS II, 75th Air Base Wing and Installation chief of safety
January 22, 2015
Base leadership is asking the Team Hill community to renew its commitment to safety in 2015.Traveling around Hill AFB can be very challenging because the base’s sheer size. It can be even more difficult learning the various ordinances inside and outside the installation, especially for those new to the area.Safety must remain a priority for people regardless of their circumstances, and the... Read more
Claudette Roulo, DoD News, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
January 22, 2015
WASHINGTON — At the same time the Air Force is navigating a fragile budget environment, it is actively engaged in addressing critical national security issues, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said last Thursday.Airmen are pursuing the fight against terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant over the skies of Syria and Iraq, she said during a “State of the Air Force” Pentagon... Read more
Hill AFB Wasatch Warriors, LOA Chapter
January 22, 2015
The Hill AFB chapter of the Logistics Officer’s Association garnered national recognition recently during an annual awards ceremony in Arlington, Virginia.Maj. Steven LeBlanc, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was awarded the LOA General George Babbitt National Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to members who make the greatest contribution toward furthering national LOA goals and... Read more
Debbie Gildea, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
January 22, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Air Force Fitness Management System — AFFMS II — is now up and accessible via the Air Force Personnel Center Secure Application, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced on Friday.AFFMS II enables Airmen to review their fitness history and records through July 2010.“The previous system was taken offline Dec. 31 to enable systems specialists... Read more
STAFF SGT. SIUTA B. IKA, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
January 22, 2015
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — A new era began at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School when its first F-35A Lightning II touched down on the flightline here last Thursday, flown straight from the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas.Working in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Col. Adrian Spain, the USAFWS commandant, said the weapons... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times
January 22, 2015
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A software problem associated with the gun on the F-35 won’t delay the stealth jet’s operational timeline or its arrival at Hill Air Force Base, Pentagon officials say.On Dec. 31, the American news website Daily Beast reported that due to a software production delay, the General Dynamics-built gun on the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter would not be able to fire... Read more
Nick Simeone, DoD News, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
January 22, 2015
WASHINGTON — With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life.To ease the burden, the Defense Department, through Military OneSource, is teaming up again this... Read more

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