Valued volunteers received plaques at the recent Retiree Appreciation Day held at Hill Air Force Base totalling more than 60 years of service, collectively. The three, Col. (Ret.) Don Pantone, Mrs. Patricia Boykin, and Col. (Ret.) Bob Acres, each received this honor for having more than 20 years of volunteer service in various positions on the base.During a casual conversational interview with... Read more
(ALEX R. LLOYD/U.S. Air Force)  Col. Patrick Higby, 75th Air Base Wing commander, receives the nasal spray flu vaccine.
Hill AFB Public Health Office
Flu season is upon us and while it may seem as though the flu season never went away with H1N1 affecting much of the U.S. this year, the regular influenza season starts this month and runs through May. Medical experts agree this is a vital time frame to get vaccinated from the various strains of seasonal influenza, but while vaccination helps mitigate flu symptoms, experts say prevention is the... Read more
Senior Airman Andria J. Allmond, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- On a deployment, a multitude of distractions can make sleep challenging for some servicemembers: F-16 engines roar on the flight line, helicopter blades thunder through the air.Seventy-pound Labrador retrievers take up half the bed.For Air Force and Army military working dog handlers at JBB, the deployed environment requires not only working, but living with a canine... Read more
Professor Darrell Sarjeant (right), founder of Sadiq Kali Silat from Oklahoma City, Okla., demonstrates bladed entries & tactics
In the past three months, Hill Air Force Base has been occasionally filled with sounds and smells other than jet engines and fuel. The clashing of steel blades and the distinct smell of burning rattan, an aroma caused by the friction of wooden sticks colliding at a fervent pace, punctuate the air surrounding four Airmen who occasionally congregate to learn and practice the art of Sadiq Kali Silat... Read more
Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley thanks members of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing
SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Airmen remain a vital part of the joint mission, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley observed during his recent visit to installations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.The secretary used the opportunity to speak with Airmen and receive mission updates in Iraq and Afghanistan. Secretary Donley also met with regional senior leaders in both countries."This... Read more
Caregiver classes are being offered at the Health and Wellness Center, Building 533, from 11 a.m. until noon Sept. 14, 21 and 28. If you are the caregiver of another who is elderly, frail, disabled, or has a chronic disease then this class is for you! Avoid caregiver burnout and learn how to take care of yourself and those that you love. Attend one or all four classes. "Exercise for Seniors" will... Read more
Military Spouse magazine
PITTSBURGH -- USAA tops the list of America's most "Military Spouse Friendly Employers," according to the October 2009 issue of Military Spouse magazine. USAA ranked No. 2 last year and has appeared on the list for three consecutive years.The third annual list recognizes companies which have made the greatest effort and have had the greatest success in hiring from the talent pool of 1.1 million... Read more
Alberta Hunt Nicholson
Amy Kemp Butler, Ogden Air Logistics Center History Office
On Sept. 10, 1942, the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron was activated to support the Army Air Forces with Nancy Harkness Love (1914-1976) as the commander. This was a small group of women pilots serving noncombat missions. They would ferry planes to Army Air Forces stations affording the service the ability to deploy more men to combat and still get planes and related equipment delivered to... Read more
Chief Master Sgt. Atticus C. Smith, 388th Fighter Wing command chief
Col. Scott Zobrist, 388th Fighter Wing commander, and I stood on the tarmac, a stone's throw from the runway. The hiss of a taxiing F-16 broke the serenity of a crisp summer night. The aircraft had just completed the final checks prior to take-off: Four high explosive missiles and a deadly gun system were armed. The jet is ready to provide combat air support wherever it is called upon for America... Read more
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times editor
All Airmen, grade E-4 and below, are invited to an End of Summer Bash because, "We just want to make sure our Airmen know that they are greatly appreciated and their families." said Staff Sgt. Leguiya Jordan, of the 75th Force Support Squadron.Events are planned throughout a three-day period starting with a picnic at Centennial Park on Sept. 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. including free food, a DJ,... Read more