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Blood drive set for April 17 on base

The next Hill Air Force Base blood drive is April 17 at Building 900.

Please come out and support Hill AFB and the local community. Register at http://vols.pt/KE7Bx3 by entering your email address and signing up for a spot. 

Questions about donating and eligibility can be found at www.redcrossblood.org/. 

For more information, call Capt. Marc Bleha, Hill AFB blood donation program manager, at 801-777-7722.

Air Force Assistance Fund extended

The Air Force Assistance Fund at Hill AFB has been extended until April 23 to accommodate additional donations. 

AFAF contributions include four charities, which can help Airmen at Hill. AFAF program managers said the base has reached about 50 percent.

Donate by contact your unit AFAF representative. For more information, call 1st Lt. Peter Saunders at 801-777-3629 or Senior Master Sgt. Ray Herman at 801-777-7870. 

Commissary case sale begins April 30

The Hill AFB Commissary is holding a customer appreciation case lot sale (in the open lot, west of the Commissary) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3. 

This super sale offers great savings on cases lot and club pack items. 

Visit www.commissaries.com for more information.

Taiko drummers, dancers, at festival

An Asian American/Pacific Islander festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. May 9 at Hill AFB’s Centennial Park near the South Gate. 

Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $12 per ticket or $30 for three tickets. Discount tickets are available if purchased before April 24. 

Entertainment will include Taiko drummers, Filipino dancers, Polynesian dancers and a martial arts demonstration. 

For more information, call Capt. Charles Skrovan at 801-777-1311; Irene Jones at 801-777-9035; or Pamela Jackson at 801-777-3680.

AFSA holds monthly meetings on base

Air Force Sergeants Association, or AFSA, general membership meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. in The Landing. 

Members are encouraged to bring a nonmember with them. 

For more information, search “AFSA 1163” on Facebook or contact Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Marrott at 801-920-2394. 

Volunteers needed for two May events

The Cultural Resource Management Team is looking for volunteers to assist with Archaeology Day on May 2 at Salt Lake Community College South Campus and Heritage Day on May 9 at Union Station in Ogden. 

Volunteers should be ready to get their hands dirty and have fun helping children use clay to make Fremont figurines and paint pictograph stencils on rock tiles. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Anya Kitterman at 801-586-2464 or anya.kitterman@us.af.mil.

Business advice for military vets

Military veterans are invited to attend the Utah Veteran Business Conference to learn about the keys to a successful veteran-owned business. The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 7 at the Salt Lake Community College Larry H. Miller Campus Conference Center, located at 9750 S. 300 West in Sandy. 

A mentoring and networking session will also be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This event is open to all current (active, guard, reserve) and former members of the military. The cost to attend is $25; space is limited. 

For more information or to register, visit veterans.utah.gov/business.

Cross-country racers sought for contest

Hill AFB is hosting a cross-country race competition now through May 27. 

Teams are needed to compete in a total of eight races in either a 5K run or 1-mile walk. Team points are based on overall participation. 

For more information, email Randy Thomas at art5k@live.com.

South Gate lane closed till mid-June

Construction at South Gate Drive and Balmer Road to add an additional lane of traffic to the outbound side of the South Gate is occurring now through June 15. The construction will result in intermittent closures to one lane of traffic at the South Gate and South Gate Drive between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. For more information, call Sheila Hayes at 801-777-2966.

Southwest Gate returns to normal hours

Beginning April 20, the Southwest Gate will return to its normal operating hours 5-8 a.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The gate is closed federal holidays and AFMC Family Days.  For more information, call Security Forces at 801-775-2627.

AF provides free CNA training

The Airman &Family Readiness Center is helping active-duty Air Force spouses complete the Certified Nursing Assistant program for free through the Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville. That includes tuition, fees, textbooks and nursing curriculum.

If students can dedicate 12 hours a week to the course, they can be completed/certified within two months. They can be certified faster if they choose the base on the various schedules they accept or if they can attend more than 12 hours per week.

The certification is valid anywhere in the United States. The DATC also can assist with local job placement.

The A&FRC has additional information regarding CNA training through the ACE program under the Department of Work Force Services in Clearfield, if needed. The ACE program can offer funding for all military spouses regardless of service branch.

Availability for this grant is limited to the first 10 applicants. Other qualified candidates may be able to utilize the CNA training offered by the ACE program.

Class start dates vary throughout the year, so interested spouses can call for start dates, times and availability. Contact Scott Jones or Sam Child at 801-777-4681. 

Reunion weekend for AF Reserve in Oct.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 419th Fighter Wing will honor the Air Force Reserve’s remarkable 60-year legacy at Hill AFB during a reunion weekend here Oct. 2-4.

“The Air Force Reserve has been at Hill Air Force Base since 1955,” said Col. Bryan Radliff, 419th FW commander. “We’ve had different names, flown different aircraft, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Utahns serving their nation.”

The weekend events include a formal gala, golf tournaments, a motorcycle rally, fun runs, and family activities.

The reunion falls on the October UTA weekend and is open to all current and former members of the wing and their families, including those who served in the following AF Reserve units at Hill AFB:

• 313th Fighter Bomber Squadron

• 313th Troop Carrier Squadron

• 733rd Troop Carrier Squadron

• 945th Troop Carrier Group

• 945th Military Airlift Group

• 508th Tactical Fighter Group

• 419th Tactical Fighter Wing

• 419th Fighter Wing

Invitations will be sent to key 419th FW alumni in April, and an e-invitation will be available soon on the wing’s website

Smoking cessation classes offered

Is the reason for smoking today the same as it was in the beginning? Take back control of health and happiness. Smoking cessation classes are available.

For more information, call Health Promotions at 801-777-1215.

AF officials seek award nominees

Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2015 Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs Grateful Nation Award. The award is presented annually to six service members who distinguish themselves through superior conduct in the war on terrorism.

Air Force enlisted nominees must be senior master sergeants or below, and officer nominees must be captains or below. Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, field operating agency or direct reporting unit for applicable suspense dates and nomination procedures. Each MAJCOM, COCOM, FOA and DRU may nominate one person. 

Nomination packages are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by May 28.

For more information about Air Force recognition program, go to myPers. Air Force retirees who do not have a myPers account can request one at www.retirees.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-120510-068.pdf.

649th MUNS limits support in April

The 649th Munitions Squadron will be conducting a 100 percent inventory of its depot stockpile April 1-30. 

During the inventory, the only transactions that will be supported are emergency requests approved in writing by a group commander or equivalent. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Aaron Raboin at 801-586-2913, Staff Sgt. Heather Hunter at 801-586-8498, or Tech. Sgt. John Williamson at 801-777-6574.