(This is a first in a series about the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Program early retirement options.) The Ogden Air Logistics Center has announced that eligible employees are being offered the opportunity for early retirement. Some employees may be eligible to participate in a Voluntary Early Retirement Authority or Voluntary Separation Incentive... Read more
Ogden Air Logistics Center: Maj. Christopher Hanson, Senior Master Sgt. Bradley Richardson 368th U.S. Air Force Recruiting Squadron: Staff Sgt. Nicholas Moen 372nd U.S. Air Force Recruiting Group: Chief Master Sgt. Brad Buening 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron: Master Sgt. Ryan Pruitt, Staff Sgt. Joshua Fairless, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Moffitt, Staff Sgt. Michael Paterson, Senior Airman Cody Bucy... Read more
Catherine McNally, Hilltop Times staff
This year's 22nd annual Rod Run, hosted by the base Arts and Crafts Center and Auto Shop, will take place on Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Park. It might be the first year Kevin Henrie, auto shop manager and member of the 75th Force Support Squadron, has managed the Rod Run, but he is as excited as ever to get the event rolling into high gear. The Rod Run will feature a plethora of... Read more
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times correspondent
The first Airman to complete the 388th Fighter Wing's Project Warrior Challenge was honored for this feat during the wing's quarterly awards ceremony held July 30 at Hangar 37. Senior Airman Brandon Novenario, an avionics sensor technician with the 388th Component Maintenance Squadron, began the Project Warrior Challenge after its inception last February and he completed the series of challenges... Read more
Maj. Robert P. Baran Jr., Commander, 775th Civil Engineer Squadron
Just as in "Wedding Crashers" for wedding season, Airmen need to be ready for wartime missions. Typical OREs and ORIs are based upon simulated deployments to a country of interest, commonly referred to as Base "X," and broken into two phases. Phase I will be gathering, processing and deploying personnel and assets to the combat location. Mobility folders get the fine-tooth comb to ensure Airmen... Read more
Richard Essary, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Lighting flashed across northern Utah last week when the Air Force announced it selected Hill Air Force Base as a "preferred alternative" for operational basing of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. If selected, the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB could expect to be the first operational units in the Air Force to fly the fighter as early as 2013. "We are honored to... Read more
Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, National Guard Bureau
ARLINGTON, Va. -- National Guard officials are willing to help family members around the country, no matter which branch or component their service member belongs to, the Guard's top family programs official said Aug. 3. "Families' needs are the same across the board, and we can't afford to work within just our own service," said Alex Baird, the chief of Family Programs for the National Guard... Read more
Wardleigh Road milling and paving project The 75th Civil Engineer Squadron has a paving project on Wardleigh Road ("M" Avenue to "H" Avenue). Starting approximately Aug. 1 and running through Aug. 31, Wardleigh Road will be partially closed for extensive milling and paving of the road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane each way, however, accessibility will be maintained during construction.... Read more
Staff Sgt. Stacy Fowler, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- There are three things that Lt. Col. Danny "Chip" Johnson, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron commander at Joint Base Balad, always lets his people know come first when he takes command of a new unit -- things he said have been constant during his 18-year career. These career priorities helped Johnson win the U.S. Air Force's 2009 Thomas P. Gerrity Field... Read more
Airman 1st Class Melissa Dearstone, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Team members from Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command Information Protection Directorate out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, visited Team Hill last week to perform a review of information, industrial, personnel and operations security programs. During their visit, their focus for review was on information security, where they checked the protection of classified information,... Read more