Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
On the cusp of his 20-year mark serving in the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. Atticus Smith, 388th Fighter Wing command chief, is eager to welcome the next decade of service to a career filled with rewards and challenges.Smith recently assumed the command chief position in August after serving as the director of education and commandant at the Kirtland Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in New Mexico... Read more
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
Capt. Stephanie Harley was passing through the Warrior Health and Fitness Center some time ago when an Air Force Marathon sign requesting applicants to represent their major command center caught her eye. After gaining her commander's approval and submitting previous race and marathon times, the 75th Aerospace Medicine Squadron member was excited to learn she had been selected to represent the... Read more
Senior Airman Brandon Craig, 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Most people in the Reserve face deployment at some point in their career. Although this is never easy, it can be particularly difficult for those with families. Families worry about the member, the military member worries about their family, and the extended separation itself can be a trial.The 419th Fighter Wing Airman and Family Readiness Center has a number of resources geared at helping... Read more
Capt. Chris Seamans, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The men and women of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings arrived in Afghanistan and made history as the first U.S. F-16s to operate out of this country.The 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron's "Black Widows" landed quietly one late afternoon in July and the booming sound of the afterburner has been prevalent ever since. This may mark the foundation for future Viper... Read more
If you've been on base around lunchtime and you are active duty or on the flight line, you know how long the fast food drive-thru lines can get. Instead of waiting for some "fast" food, head over to one of Hill's dining facilities for a fast, nutritious meal, dessert included.Though a cafeteria might remind you of that mushy mystery meat that was served in high school, Hill's dining facilities... Read more
Staff Sgt. Shane W. Buss, Equal Opportunity Specialist
Special interest observances are conducted to recognize the continuous achievements of all Americans to American culture and to increase awareness, mutual respect and understanding. They are designed to enhance cross-cultura1 and cross-gender awareness and promote harmony among all military members, their families and the civilian work force. They are set aside annually to recognize the... Read more
Tiffany Anderson, TriWest Healthcare Alliance
As early as 2010, Tricare Prime beneficiaries who pay enrollment fees will be required to make their payments electronically. When these changes become effective, check payments will only be accepted to ensure the first payment is made while your electronic payments are established. By making the change now, you can: Avoid disenrollment because of a late payment Track payment history online,... Read more
Catherine Cornett, Hilltop Times correspondent
It's time to pack your bags, catch the last bit of summer on the beach, check out a Broadway show, sleep in until 10 a.m. at a bed and breakfast, and then hit the local slopes this winter.Sound like too much work or even too much money? Luckily for Team Hill, the Information, Tickets, and Travel office is ready and willing to help everyone plan ahead for the end of this season and the next, plus... Read more
As the Hill Air Force Base flu vaccination campaign continues for both active duty and "high risk" beneficiaries, many are asking the question, "What else can I do to protect my family and myself from the flu?" and "What do I do if I get sick?"To avoid the flu, observe these simple rules:Get vaccinated for seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu when vaccines are available.Avoid close contact with people... Read more
Eli Whitman, 75th Force Support Squadron
The 75th Air Base Wing will be hosting its sports and fun day, called the "75th ABW Buffalo Run and Roundup," Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Warrior Health and Fitness Center, and will go from noon until 4 p.m. The sports day provides a series of events and activities to promote fitness, esprit de corps and quality of life for the wing. Other squadrons and organizations at Hill Air Force Base are also... Read more