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BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Raul Maldonado, a 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron armament maintainer, unscrews the 120 umbilical wire assembly of a 129-Missile Launcher here, Dec. 19. The umbilical wire assembly connects the missile to the aircraft computer system. Sergeant Maldonado is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia) Launchers maintained

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2007
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Mario Vanore, a 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electronics and environmental technician, performs maintenance on the bleed air distribution for the Environmental Control System of an F-16 Fighting Falcon here, Dec. 17. The bleed air distribution sends hot air from the aircraft engine to the ECS to create cabin pressure for the cockpit. Sergeant Vanore is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia) Aircraft environmental check

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2007
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Capt. Kerri Fulgham, a 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron alert pilot, dons her helmet during a pre-flight check of an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Captain Fulgham is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Terri Barriere) Alert pilots: ready, set, go!
The phone rings transforming a quiet night into an adrenaline-packed operation for alert pilots here. Pilots on alert status are on constant standby and have only 15 minutes from the time the call comes in to be in the air. "Airpower on standby is what we provide," said Capt. Zach Manning, 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot. "Alert crews
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2007
Terry McCurdy and Alesia Harrah finalize a quilt for the 510th Combat Sustainment Squadron Christmas Charity project (from left to right). Employees of the squadron donated fabric, batting, yarn and finances for the event. Four charities have been chosen to receive the donations; a shelter for women and children, a 24-hour crisis day care, a parent and teen youth program and the Airman & Family Readiness Center here at Hill Air Force Base. Quilt donations

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2007
Volunteers from Hill Air Force Base gather together to bag cookies. More than 45 cases of cookie dough were donated by HC Brill and cooked by members from Hill. The cookies were made for Hill AFB dorm residents and employees working on Christmas Eve. Cookies for Christmas

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2007
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Senior Airman Russell Myrick, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, lifts 515 pounds during the squat portion of the Strongest Person in the Area of Responsibility competition here, Dec. 5. Airman Mryick moved on to win the event for Balad and his score will compete against the winners of other bases in the AOR. Airman Myrick is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia) Strongest in the AOR

0 12/10
2007
Default Air Force Logo Thrift investment board sets 2008 TSP contribution limits
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board here recently announced that 2008's elective deferral limit for regular TSP contributions is $15,500, which is the same amount for 2007. In addition, contributions for the catch-up plan will remain at the same $5,000 limit set in 2006 and 2007. "TSP is a long-term retirement savings plan, which
0 12/10
2007
Default Air Force Logo Air Force civilians essential to mission; furloughs last resort
With the Army announcing possibly civilian layoffs this month, Air Force leaders want civilian Air Force members to know they are monitoring the situation closely. "The Air Force does not view the possibility of civilian workforce furlough as an imminent issue," said Air Force officials. "While the Air Force continues to be fiscally challenged, the
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2007
Default Air Force Logo FM transformation underway at Hill
The Air Force Financial Management transformation currently underway is the greatest single change in the organization's 60-year history. "We - and all of Air Force Financial Management - are transforming the way we conduct business to better provide expert decision support and analysis to commanders while continuing to provide high quality
0 12/04
2007
Default Air Force Logo Hockey Telecast to Feature U.S. Servicemembers in Kosovo
Due to the efforts of one Hill Airman, Versus, the U.S. cable television home of the National Hockey League, has partnered with some troops deployed to Kosovo to give an early Christmas present to the peacekeepers there and their families at home. Tech. Sgt. Jason Smith, currently deployed to Kosovo, set up the first ever documented event for the
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2007
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