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Col. Janet Augustine, OO-ALC Engineering Directorate deputy director
So what does the Ogden Air Logistic Center's Engineering Directorate staff office actually do? A lot more than is often perceived. The men and women of the EN are working behind the scenes to enable improved processes and policy to support the wing engineering weapon system sustainment efforts. Sometimes the payoff is obvious and immediate, other times it takes multiple years to implement.The key... Read more
Capt. Chris Seamans, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The men and women of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings arrived in Afghanistan and made history as the first U.S. F-16s to operate out of this country.The 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron's "Black Widows" landed quietly one late afternoon in July and the booming sound of the afterburner has been prevalent ever since. This may mark the foundation for future Viper... 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
Gen. Donald Hoffman, Commander
AFMC Warriors:The upcoming Labor Day weekend will close out the 2009 "Critical Safety Days of Summer" campaign. Unfortunately, we lost four of our civilian team members this summer in off-duty accidents. I implore all of you to remain vigilant over the long weekend and ask that we all do our utmost to make decisions that minimize risk to ourselves and others in all our activities.On a lighter... Read more
Col. Robin Sneed, 508th Aircraft Sustainment Wing Senior Reservist
I am a volunteer. I would like to say it is because I am altruistic and I'm thinking only of other people or the cause but that would not be true. I volunteer because of what I get out of it.I volunteer because it is usually more fun to be a part of the action than just being a spectator. For example, when you collect tickets, you are contributing, get to see a large number of people (usually one... Read more
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