Col. Thomas Schneider, 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group commander
More than 60 years ago, President Harry Truman signed the Air Force into existence as a separate military service. From the White House, he had the unique perspective to see the impact of American airpower on the closing days of World War II. Control of the skies over Europe and the Far East meant free reign for allied ground forces. Truman understood that airpower was essential to the... Read more
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Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
Before Oct. 9, 1871, a farmer living on the outskirts of Chicago, Catherine O'Leary, thought the same thing most Americans believe: "Fire prevention is not my job." Then one of the most tragic fires recorded in American history, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, was pinned on her and one of her cows, which reportedly knocked over a lantern the night of Oct. 8, 1871, and ignited the blaze.Although O... Read more
Airman 1st Class Melissa Dearstone, 75th Public Affairs Office
The 75th Medical Group has welcomed a new commander here. Col. Donald C. Hickman, the 75th MDG commander, has set forth future plans for expansion making the medical group more reliable for both staff and patients while still maintaining their core values to prevent, heal, prepare and deploy.Medical renovations of the Airman Clinic and military side of Building 570 are under way to make more room... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Standard-Examiner Davis Bureau
Major construction on the Falcon Hill Research Park hasn't even started, but the project already has won an award.Hill Air Force Base's Enhanced Use Lease team was recognized by Gen. Norton Schwartz, chief of staff of the Air Force, during a ceremony at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition recently in Washington, D.C.The Hill EUL group was one of five teams... Read more
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
While running in the Salt Lake City Half Marathon this past April, the same question kept cycling through my head: "Why are all these people out here?"I knew why I was there -- simply to be able to say I've tried running a half marathon. But were the more than 12,000 participants there for the same reason? Or, were there just that many clinically insane people in the Salt Lake City area? Little... Read more
Shari Lopatin and Diane Mayer, TriWest Healthcare Alliance
With the focus on fighting H1N1 flu this year, it's now more important than ever to get a flu shot. But where can Tricare patients go, and when?Only months ago, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 flu a worldwide outbreak. This year, beneficiaries will need to get their seasonal flu shot, as well as another vaccination for the H1N1 flu.The seasonal flu vaccine is a Tricare-covered... Read more
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
One of the largest fundraising events for the programs at Hill Air Force Base that benefit military families is going on next Friday. The event is the 388th Spouse's Round Up, an annual silent and live auction which raised more than $30,000 in 2008 for more than 13 Hill AFB programs.One such program that benefitted substantially from last year's fundraising efforts was the Utah Military Families... Read more
Staff Sgt. Shane W. Buss, Equal Opportunity Specialist
This week, we continue with our Hispanic Heritage month of remembrance by introducing another Hispanic Hero.David Barkley-Cantu was born in Laredo, Texas, in 1899. Barkley-Cantu enlisted in the U.S. Army in San Antonio and was assigned to the 89th Division of the 356th Infantry. On his enlistment, he withheld the fact that he was a Hispanic as he feared he would not be allowed to fight on the... Read more
Briefing on health care, flu shots at Hill ClinicCol. Donald Hickman, commander of the 75th Medical Group, invites any interested Hill Clinic beneficiary (active duty, retiree, dependent or civil service employee eligible for care at the Hill Clinic or Hill Occupational Medicine Clinic) to attend the 75th Medical Group's Healthcare Consumer Advisory Council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m... Read more
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Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times staff
When Michelle Storch, wife of Lt. Col. Steven Storch, a former officer of the 75th Operations Support Squadron here, got the Internet hooked up in June at her family's new home near Fort Bragg, N.C., one of the first e-mails she read from a friend confused her. Storch and her family had just completed a permanent change of station there from Hill Air Force Base and her friend was congratulating... Read more