News Briefs



T-3 TriCare Managed Support Care next year

April 5, 2012

On March 16, TriCare Management Activity (TMA) announces its intent to award a contract to UnitedHealth Military and Veterans Services in the West Region in support of the third generation of TriCare Managed Care Support contracts, also known as "T-3." Health care delivery, under the new contract, is scheduled to begin April 1, 2013. TMA is committed to keeping beneficiaries and stakeholders informed about the transition. Updated information about the T-3 contracts is at www.tricare.mil/t3contracts.



TriCare dental plan premium rates next year

April 5, 2012

The TriCare Dental Plan (TDP) provides comprehensive dental care for more than 2 million enrollees worldwide including active duty family members and members of the Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve and their eligible family members. Beginning May 1, the TDP will be administered by MetLife which will manage enrollment, claims processing and customer service.

Members will receive a welcome package and new enrollment card in the mail before the May 1 start date. Members who pay premiums through electronic funds transfer (EFT) should contact MetLife before April 20 to reauthorize payment to prevent a break in coverage. Rates will reset annually every Feb. 1.

The new contract with MetLife decreases first-year premiums from current rates for each enrollment category and enhances the following member benefits:

  • Coverage of posterior resin (tooth colored/white) fillings.
  • Increase in annual maximum coverage from $1,200 to $1,300 per enrollee.
  • Increase in lifetime orthodontic maximum from $1,500 to $1,750.
  • $1,200 per year for services related to dental treatment due to an accident as defined in the TDP benefit booklet.
  • No cost-shares for scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) for diabetics (additional expenses can be incurred for out-of-network dentists).

A new TDP web site is available with the "find a dentist" feature and link to beneficiary web enrollment (BWE) to enroll, complete claims, and access billing information: https://mybenefits.metlife.com/tricare. Benefit updates continue to be available via email alert by subscribing at www.tricare.mil/subscriptions. Phone numbers are: continental United States -- 1-855-MET-TDP1 (1-855-638-8371), Outside the continental United States -- 1-855-MET-TDP2 (1-855-638-8372) and TDD/TDY service for the hearing impaired: 1-855-MET-TDP3 (1-855-638-8373).



Women's Equality Day volunteers needed

April 5, 2012

The Equal Opportunity Office acts as advisors on behalf of the commander for special/ethnic observances and events throughout the year. The planning committee for the 2012 Women's Equality Day needs to be established. In 1971, Congress designated the day of Aug. 26, in the United States, as "Women's Equality Day." This date commemorates the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920. In order to properly plan and commemorate this observance, it is requested that each organization canvas their unit for volunteers who would like to chair or help with this event.

Committees are established to properly commemorate all special observances throughout the year that will greatly enhance the efforts to recognize the continuous achievements of all cultures and increase cultural awareness, mutual respect, and understanding. Thereby enhancing cross-cultural awareness and promoting harmony among all military members, their families, and the civilian workforce.

Weekly committee meetings will be held in the EO Office, Building 1294 South End. Date and time of the first meeting will be announced by the EO Office; follow-up meetings will be determined/announced by the committee.

All volunteers should contact. Vivian Cumins (777-3516) or Tech. Sgt Melanie Aytch (777-4778) or email: vivian.cumins@hill.af.mil if interested in signing up for this committee.



ROTC seeking officers to serve at BYU

April 5, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is filling three Air Force officer vacancies for summer to fall 2012 at Detachment 855, Brigham Young University. Please consider coming to BYU for an assignment as an Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps instructor. It is a great career broadening assignment, or a capstone for your career if you are considering retiring in the near future. There have not been any volunteers approved by the Air force Personnel Center to fill the vacancies for the upcoming school year.

It is not a requirement to be a BYU alumnus, but an ecclesiastical endorsement is needed. Working with and teaching the next generation of Air Force leaders and officers is a wonderful opportunity. BYU is ranked in the Top 10 of the nation with respect to size and performance. It is reported that the program regularly beats West Point and USAFA in rifle drill team competitions. Finally, Utah is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

If you are interested in being a AFROTC instructor at BYU, or know someone who is, please call or email 801-422-2671 or laura_leseberg@byu.edu.



Devil Dash Race heads to Utah in August

April 5, 2012

Devil Dash is the ultimate 5K Race for thrill-seeking athletes and party-goers. On Saturday, Aug. 4, fearless runners will head to Ogden, to take on intense obstacles through Purgatory, running through more than three miles of adventurous terrain and celebrating with friends and family during an all-day festival with live music, food and beer in the Beer Garden of Eden.

Additional 2012 Devil Dash Venues include: Lyons, Colo.; Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Utah's Devil Dash Race will take place at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden and will have participants leaping through fire, crawling through mud pits, climbing over cargo nets, jumping over tire mounds, scaling Satan's Tower and working their way through additional grueling obstacles themed after the 7 deadly sins. The first wave of the race will begin at 9 a.m., followed by waves of racers taking off to tackle the course every half hour throughout the day.

Race Director Will Newcomer says, Devil Dash is an event that runners and spectators will never forget. After conquering an adventurous course with more than 12 natural and man made obstacles themed after the seven deadly sins, racers will celebrate with live music, beer and food, alongside their fellow devils and angels.

Participants are encouraged to suit up in their best devil and angel attire and are crowned with shiny devil wigs prior to racing. Beer from local breweries and devil grub from local food vendors will be available for purchase. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the live music playing throughout the day and watch the racers tackle several obstacles near the finish line.

Lifequest Transitions (LQT) is Devil Dash's Official Charity partner in 2012. LQT provides adventure programs for injured military members and hosts a variety of programs to help wounded warriors transition back to civilian life. Additionally, local nonprofit organizations can volunteer in exchange for monetary donations to their cause.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.DevilDash.com and http://www.facebook.com/DevilDash.



Weight Loss support group at HAWC

March 29, 2012

The Health and Wellness Center will be starting a weight loss support group. The group will consist of a weekly, one hour informal discussion and workout. Join the group and get the support you need while reaching your weight loss goals.

The group is free to all military, retirees, civilians, contractors and dependents. The group just started recently and will be on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Classes will be held in the HAWC in the Warrior Fitness Center (Building 533).

No need to sign up; just come when you can.

Call 801-777-1215 for questions.



649th MUNS depot inventory planned

March 29, 2012

The 649th MUNS will be conducting a 100 percent inventory of the depot (FV2172) stockpile April 2 through April 30.

During the inventory, the only transactions that will be supported are emergency requests approved in writing by the group commander or equivalent. Please direct any questions to Staff Sgt. Ian Smith at 801-777-5444, Staff Sgt. Jason Downing at 801-586-8498 or Master Sgt. Mark Hanson at 801-777-6574.



Parking lot work at Medical Clinic continues

March 29, 2012

Phase 3 of the effort to repave the medical clinic parking lot is scheduled April 16 through April 30, weather permitting. On April 16, the main driveway and the clinic parking area the furthest southeast of Building 570 will be closed for repaving. Traffic will be detoured to alternate parking areas. Accessibility and crosswalks will be maintained as deemed safe around construction equipment.

Alternate parking areas are northeast, near southeast, and west of the clinic. Whenever parking areas are blocked, alternate handicap parking will be marked and provided as near the building as possible. All others will need to use alternate parking areas near the clinic and plan for the added time in advance.

Additional articles will be published providing readers with further schedules during construction in this area. Your patience and safe travel practices through the affected area is of high importance for your protection and that of Team Hill members and guests.

For more information, please contact Cameron Jones, at (801) 777-0253.



Easter Egg Hunt at the Hill Aerospace Museum

March 29, 2012

The fifth annual Hill Aerospace Museum Easter Egg Hunt will be April 7 at 9 a.m. sharp outside on the grounds around the airplanes..

There will be four age groups two-year olds and younger, 3-4 years, 5-8 and 9-12. For more information and questions Call Lorrie at 801-774-0956. Volunteers are being sought to help set out eggs, manage crowds, parking and pick-up after the event. This takes about three hours from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.



Holocaust Memorial Week volunteers sought

March 29, 2012

The week of April 15-22 is designated as the "Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust." By honoring the victims, their memories are kept alive. Our keen awareness of the atrocities that occurred assures history does not repeat itself.

The Hill Air Force Base Holocaust Memorial Committee will host the annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. The theme designated for this year is "Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue."

The events scheduled for Team Hill are:

  • April 17: 5K Run/Walk beginning at 8 a.m. at the Warrior Fitness Center
  • April 17: A film screening of Defiance at the base theater at 6 p.m.
  • April 18: Memorial to be held at the Hill Air Force Base Chapel at 10 a.m. The guest speaker for the event is former U.S. Ambassador John Price.

Military members are highly encouraged to participate. Family members and friends with access to the base are welcome. Civilian employees wishing to attend may be released for up to two hours without charge of leave as time and mission requirements permit.

For more information about the events please call Staff Sgt. Kenneth Beach, President of the Holocaust Committee at (801) 775-4910 or Capt. Adam Zimmer, Vice President at (801) 775-5993. For information about the Holocaust, visit: www.ushmm.org for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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