Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times Editor
The spirit of the holidays was in large supply in a kitchen area of the Hill Airman and Family Readiness Center recently as an early morning effort began at 6 a.m. and continued through the late morning.While no sight of a red furry cap or anyone carrying a red bag full of gifts crying, "Ho, ho, ho," could be spied anywhere the spirit of giving was nonetheless clearly at work as a room full of... Read more
All indications were that the timeline for the next step in bringing two F-35 squadrons to Hill continued to move forward. Barbara Fisher, chief of environmental affairs, confirmed the environmental impact statement results were scheduled to be released sometime in January."We currently don't know when the public hearings will be held for Hill," she said, "but we anticipate there will be four (... Read more
2nd Lt. Kelly Sampson, 75th Medical Group
The 75th Medical Group will begin its second renovation project in February 2012 with an estimated completion date of Aug. 17. The following areas are included: Family Medicine, Records, Health Management, Education and Training, Public Health and the public corridors. The current project will provide required functional space to support outpatient healthcare as well as modernize public spaces... Read more
The application window for the current VERA/VSIP for employees serviced by Hill AFB is coming to a close. Applications will only be accepted until Jan. 24, through the VERA/VSIP Interactive Program web site ( VERA/VSIP offers are anticipated to be sent the week of Jan. 30, and the employees approved for VERA/VSIP are expected to be off the... Read more
JASEN ASAY, Standard-Examiner Davis Bureau
Before explaining the importance of the base's new F-22 heavy maintenance facility, which was unveiled Jan. 12, Rep. Rob Bishop wondered aloud how long it would take to fill the 96,000-square-foot area with foam.According to Col. Allan Day, 309th Maintenance Wing Commander, the answer is close to 90 seconds."It wouldn't go all the way to the ceiling," Day said of foam that would be dispensed from... Read more
Bill Orndorff, 309th Maintenance Wing
This is Part 3 of a four-part series involving the four members of the Team Hill community who won the Ogden ALC 2012 AFA Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year award.Since last August, Josh Tiffner has had what he considers "a really good eye opening experience."When a first-line supervisor moved on to another job, Tiffner not only stayed in his job as a C-130 crew chief in the... Read more
Andrea V. Mason, 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- It's exercise-training time here again for more than two hundred 388th Fighter Wing pilots, maintainers and some 75th Air Base Wing support personnel participating in Red Flag 12-2, which began Jan. 23 and concludes Feb. 3.Since 1975, Red Flag has been one of the world's largest and most realistic combat training exercises involving U.S. forces and its allies,... Read more
Shari Lopatin, TriWest Healthcare Alliance
By Shari LopatinDid you know more than half of American adults are overweight or obese?The actual number is 66 percent, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Imagine a map of the U.S. showing the Mississippi River. Then imagine everyone west of the river is obese.The problem is just that big.According to the American Dietetic Association, if you... Read more
Richard W. Essary, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
By Richard W. Essary75th Air Base Wing Public AffairsCDC West will soon be open for child careThe base is expanding its capacity to offer child care to its employees. Officials cut a ribbon yesterday to signify the opening of a $10.3 million Child Development Center sometime this spring."We are at the stage where we are putting the finishing touches on the classrooms to ensure they are ready to... Read more
Armed Forces News Service
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced May 10 that the president has nominated Gen. Mark A. Welsh III to be the next chief of staff of the Air Force, succeeding Gen. Norton Schwartz, who has served in the position since August 2008."I'm tremendously honored and deeply humbled by the nomination to serve as the next Air Force chief of staff," said Welsh, who is currently serving... Read more