Commentary

Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander
There are some events in history so profound that many of us have vibrant memories of the day. A few immediately come to my mind: Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the day I married my wife and the births of my daughters. Over the next week we have much to celebrate and remember.On Labor Day, we remember people like the 10,000 workers who, on Sept. 5, 1882, marched... Read more


Commentary: Action Line Q&A

Hilltop Times staff
Action Line Q&A Question: As a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, I find that the lack of training displayed by the 388th Fighter Wing headquarters staff when displaying the flag I spent 25 years defending, deplorable. On this particular occasion the nation's symbol was flown at half-staff to honor the late Sen. Byrd from West Virginia, which is right and proper, however the U.S. Air... Read more
Brian Wayman, 524th Electronic Maintenance Squadron
Not too long ago, I found myself thinking about the significant roles both the operations and support functions of an organization have on the organization's overall mission success. Having served 24 years in the active duty Army and now several years as a federal civilian employee, I've always viewed everyone in my chain of command as an equally essential part of the team. Whether you're a... Read more
David Kendziora, Ogden Air Logistics Center Historian
This week 65 years ago, "Hillfielders" were still in the thick of World War II. Many reveled in the recent Allied victory in Europe, while helping to bring the full weight of the nation's might to the enemy in the Pacific. Some expected that at least another million people would perish before the war's end. However, at 4:10 p.m. (MDT) on Aug. 14, 1945, the United States received word of Emperor... Read more
Master Sgt. Samantha Parrish, 367th Training Support Squadron Interactive Courseware Flight Chief
“Fly, fight and win,” is the mission of the Air Force. It is my mission to make sure our war-fighters are prepared with the latest, most technologically advanced training available. Throughout my career, I have seen an evolution in the way we do business. As a leader, it is my responsibility to support and promote these advancements. I am the Interactive Courseware flight chief for the 367th... Read more
Master Sgt. Alan Braden, 88th Force Support Squadron
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Growing up in foster homes left me with few educational opportunities and options. Struggling to find work, I enlisted in the Air Force in February 1996 and began my career at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.I was eager to learn and get in school, but I found that many noncommissioned officers said, "You don't need a degree" and "Be an Airman, not a... Read more
Airman 1st Class Tiffany DeNault, 2nd Combat Camera Squadron
2013 is Air Force Material command’s “Year of the Graduate,” and for Senior Airman Michael Estes and retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Sanborn it’s a year to remember. Estes, Sanborn and 171 other Airmen received their Community College of the Air Force degrees at a ceremony on April 30.   Being awarded a CCAF degree not only means being a step above the rest in the graduate’s duty life,... Read more
Mary Lou Gorny, Hilltop Times Editor
Randall Thomas, 309 CMXG/OBM, organized the most recent 5K Run/Walk on the north side of the base for the Hill AFB Cross Country spring season weekly competition. “We had a nice challenging run with 87 competitors last week,” he said.   “There was only a 25 point spread between the third and eighth place teams. Although the 729th Air Control Squadron is in fourth place overall they are the... Read more

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