Planning is under way for the annual Team Hill Air Force Ball that will celebrate the Air Force’s 67th birthday.
Sponsored by the Hill Air Force Base Company Grade Officer Council, this year’s ball will be Sept. 20 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd., in Ogden.
Ticket sales will be announced in the coming weeks. The Department of the Air Force was established on Sept. 18, 1947.
MLK committee seeks volunteers
The Equal Opportunity Office is looking for volunteers to assist with the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday and African American/Black History Month Observances.
Observance committees are open to all base personnel, their family members, retirees and civilians. Volunteers do not have to be associated with a particular group to participate. Those who would like to participate do not have to attend every committee meeting, but it is highly recommended.
For more information, contact the committee advisor, Staff Sgt. Sarah Sanchez at 801-777-9878.
Volunteers sought for annual food drive
The Hill Aerospace Museum’s Food for Life Committee is seeking approximately 100 volunteers to assist in coordinating and hosting this year’s Food for Life Day at the museum.
The event will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 20. Volunteers will assist with everything from set-up to tear-down, coordinating the car show activities, crowd control, food donation collection, and entertainment, among other things.
The Food for Life Day is an annual food drive/open-aircraft event where the general public is invited to get a rare glimpse inside some of the museum’s most vintage aircraft. The day will also feature the Wings and Wheels car show, an Air Force Association Chili Cook-Off, a DJ, food vendors, and the Ogden Concert Band.
Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation and proceeds from the day will go to benefit the Airmen’s Attic. In years past, the event has drawn hundreds of vehicles and thousands of spectators, and collected hundreds of pounds of food for Airmen and their families.
Anyone interested in volunteering, can call or email the volunteer coordinator, 2nd Lt. Dallas Hogan, at firstname.lastname@example.org and 801-777-4772, or Capt. John Neterer, at email@example.com and 801-777-8598.
Still time to register for Focus Week
There are still openings in training classes July 31-Aug. 1 as part of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Focus Week here.
The classes are designed to provide training and development for all Hill AFB logisticians in areas such as: intern management/placement, journeyman training, awards, initial logistician training, training plans and civilian development counseling.
Registration is available through the website: https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/acqnowcl.
Times and locations of training are indicated on the course registration links.
For more information, call Jamila Caraway, with the AFLCMC/LG Functional-OL Office, at 801-586-8051.
Building access restricted
The 75th Civil Engineer Group will be restricting access to Bldgs. 400 and 430 in two phases to replace asphalt near the buildings.
Phase 1 will occur Aug. 3-10. During this phase, the north entrance off 6th Street will be closed and the west entrance off F Street will need to be used. The western part of the Bldg. 430 parking lot will also be impacted and restrict access to Bldg. 430. Those needing access to Bldg. 430 will need to walk east around the southwest part of the construction area.
Phase 2 will occur Aug. 11-17. During this phase, the Southeast entrance on Community Street will be closed and access off Community Street will be the northeast entrance and northwest entrance off 6th Street. Access to Bldg. 430 will be impacted again and those needing access to the building will need to walk to the southwest end of the parking lot to get to Bldg. 430.
Questions about the construction should be directed to Steven Hunt or Jefrey Boman at 801-777-5731.
Retirement topic of Lunch & Learn
The Federal Women’s Program plans a Lunch & Learn on Retirement Planning Strategy, presented by Deb Finn-Nokes, Aug. 14 at the Base Chapel (Bldg. 445) Fellowship Hall. The event will be 11 a.m.-noon.
Lunch will be available for a $5 donation. RSVP to Jana Sheehan at 777-4059 or Finn-Nokes at 586-6577. The FWP is open to all employees (civilian and military of any rank or grade) at no cost.
The September Lunch & Learn will be Women in Leadership, presented by Tracy Stauder, on Sept. 18 at the Base Chapel Fellowship Hall, 11 a.m.-noon.
The October Lunch & Learn will be Marketing Yourself, presented by Carol Merrill with Weber State University’s Women’s Center, on Oct. 16, also at the Base Chapel Fellowship Hall, 11 a.m.-noon.
For more information about the FWP, contact Finn-Nokes at 801-586-6577.
Free tickets to Raptors Game
Hill Air Force Base has received free tickets to the Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee/Hill Appreciation Night at Lindquist Field with the Ogden Raptors at 7 p.m., Aug. 8.
The Raptors will play the Helena Brewers.
This is an annual event that is sponsored by the Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee and the Ogden Raptors organization to show support for all the members of Team Hill and their families. This is a family event, and there is no limit on the number of tickets each individual may receive.
The 75th ABW Public Affairs Office asks organizations to appoint someone to pick up tickets for their organization. Tickets are available in Bldg. 1102, Room 115.
Davis Arts Council recognizes Hill
The Davis Arts Council plans a Hill Air Force Base Appreciation Concert featuring Thompson Square Aug. 21 at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton.
The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Team Hill employees can purchase 2-for-1 tickets for $34. The tickets are normally $34 each. The limit is two 2-for-1 tickets. The tickets can be purchased at the Davis Arts Council Office at 405 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton.
Thompson Square is husband and wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson. To learn more, see their website at www.thompsonsquare.com.
FARMINGTON — The Canines With A Cause program will hold its 2014 golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 25 at Oakridge Country Club, 1492 W. Sheppard Lane, Farmington.
The program connects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and well-trained, specialized service dogs that provide emotional therapy.
Program officials said by rescuing dogs from kill shelters, and using prison inmates as a means to train, the program essentially saves three lives: the veteran, the dog and the inmate.
The tournament begins with a four-person team scramble, shotgun start.
It offers prizes for first, second and third place for team, gross and net individual hole prizes and other on-course contests.
The tournament also offers a hole-in-one prize opportunity and chance drawing, as well as a silent and live auction.
To register, sponsor or donate, contact Canines With A Cause Director Cathy King at 435-640-9095 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up online, visit www.canineswithacause.org.
American Airman Video Contest
Winners of the American Airman Video Contest will be selected Aug. 12 to 22, and the 10 finalists’ videos will be available on AFBlueTube for public voting.
Voters can “like” their favorite videos, and the video with the most “likes” will win. The winning video will be shown at the September Air Force Association conference in Washington, D.C., which attracts thousands of visitors annually and receives heavy media attention.
For more details and complete contest rules, visit http://airforcelive.dodlive.mil/contest/.
planned Aug. 22
A base-wide blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 22 Bldg. 568 (Medical Training).
Those wishing to donate can make an appointment by going to the following link: http://vols.pt/KE7Bx3. Volunteers can choose from 15 minute time-blocks throughout the day. Donors should plan 60 minutes for the entire process.
Base-wide blood drives are held each month and are sponsored by either the American Red Cross or MountainStar. The drives for the rest of the year will occur on the following Fridays: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.
Training days designated
The 75th Air Base Wing has designated the second Wednesday of each month as a “Training Day.”
The training days schedule is Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. During these training days, the 75th Medical Group, including the base pharmacy, will be closed.
The only medical group exceptions are the Exchange Satellite Pharmacy and the Occupational Medicine Services (civilian) Clinic, Bldg. 249.
No changes will be made to the appointment process.
Other ABW Organizations will be open, but with minimal staff.
Customers are recommended to conduct business on other days of each month.
Coffee talk held monthly
Coffee Talk will be held at the Airmen Recreation Center (Bldg. 524) 6:30-7:30 a.m., on the second Wednesday of the each month. The event is held for junior enlisted Airmen to voice questions and concerns with installation leaders. The next Coffee Talk will be Aug. 13.
Hill AFB organizations may conduct two fundraising events each quarter, but the events must be approved via staff summary sheet, in accordance with AFI 34-223-AFI 36-3101.
The 75 FSS/CL is the approving authority for all booster clubs or private organizations.
Requests should be routed at least 10-15 days prior to the event.
For more information, contact Monika Johns at 801-775-6793 or email@example.com.
The Department of Defense recently updated its immunization guidelines, requiring all service members to receive the hepatitis B virus immunizations.
Members have 365 days to complete the three-shot series before they are flagged for non-compliance.
The hepatitis B vaccine is given in three doses.
• Dose 1 is given.
• Dose 2 must be given at least 30 days after dose 1.
• Dose 3 must be given at least 60 days after dose 2, and at least 120 days after dose 1.
Commanders should ensure their Unit Health Monitors notify members of this requirement. Immediate action is recommended because it takes at least four months to complete the series. Service members can check their IMR status online by visiting the Air Force Surgeon Generals website at https://imr.afms.mil/imr/MyIMR.aspx.
The Hill AFB Chapel is offering a Protestant Community Worship Service at 7 p.m. on Saturdays.
A Children’s Club will be available during the service.
For more information, call Chaplain (Capt.) Lukus Counterman at 801-775-4170.
— Hilltop Times staff
Walk-in service ends at Tricare
The 75th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center closed April 1.
Walk-in service is no longer be provided CONUS impacting 200 TRICARE Service Centers stateside.
This change is an effort by the Department of Defense to manage costs and is estimated to save $254 million over the next five years.
Military members, their family members and all other TRICARE eligible beneficiaries are encouraged to utilize United Healthcare Military and Veterans toll free number at 877-988-9378 or their website at www.uhcmilitarywest.com for all TRICARE related issues and questions.
Beneficiaries can perform all administrative tasks online or by phone.
Hill’s Tricare office was run in concert with the base’s 75th Medical Group. The office was at 7321 Balmer St. Bldg. 570.
Beneficiaries can get more information and sign up for updates at www.tricare.mil/tsc or call 1-877-988-WEST.
The Landing gets new hours
The Landing (Bldg. 450) has new hours.
The new hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
A pasta buffet will be offered every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $7. Club members save an additional $1.
Drug testing location moves
Drug testing is now at 5835 D Avenue, Bldg. 152, just south of the Mountain View Inn. It will no longer be across from the Hill AFB clinic.
This move has been under way for nearly three years.
Not only will the staff have the resources they need to conduct their mission, the building will provide customers with a more central location, decreasing time away from work for testing.
Drug Demand Reduction is a critical program to ensure the health and wellness of a fit and ready fighting force.
Fitness center hours
Hours at the Warrior and Hess Fitness Centers are Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and holidays/family days from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Warrior Fitness Center offers a weight room, cardiovascular exercise equipment, universal equipment, saunas, racquetball courts, two basketball courts, a climbing wall and indoor running/walking track.
The Hess fitness center offers an indoor pool, a basketball/volleyball court, racquetball courts, a family fitness area, a martial art room and an indoor tennis court.
For more information, call 801-777-2762.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A memorial fund for stabbing victim Kaylynn Spackman has been set up in her name at local America First Credit Unions.
Money for the account will go toward funeral expenses and other financial obligations.
Spackman was the 75th Air Base Wing and installation Director of Information Protection.
She leaves behind three children.
The Base Theater shows newly released movies for free.
Three movies are shown every Saturday at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
There is a snack bar that helps support initiatives of the base’s First Four organization.
Snacks are available for reasonable prices.
For more information, contact Evan A. Henslee, A1C at 770-508-8549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Hilltop Times staff