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Home of Headquarters Pacific Air Forces and the 15th Airlift Wing, this is the largest installation in the wing and consists of 2,850 acres of land and facilities valued at more than $405 million. Sharing its runways with adjacent Honolulu International Airport (HIA), Hickam and the HIA constitute a single airport complex operated under a joint-use agreement.

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Hickam Air Force Base News

15th MXG motorcycle riders rally for safety ride

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April 4, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

More than 50 Airmen from the 15th Maintenance Group grabbed their keys, donned protective gear, hopped on their bikes and joined their leadership for a 50-mile safety ride around the island March 31.

According to Master Sgt. Alfred Wells, 15th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, the gathering provided the perfect opportunity for leadership to interact directly with their motorcycle riders and administer the annual motorcycle safety briefing as well.

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BAH recertification process begins at JBPHH

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April 4, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force Accounting and Finance Office has directed an Air Force-wide recertification for those receiving with-dependent rate basic allowance for housing. The 15th Comptroller Squadron began the process for JBPHH Airmen April 1.

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide the finance office with documentation for their primary dependent as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts.

The recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen BAH entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air Force spends annually on BAH is fully auditable.
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JBPHH leaders proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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April 3, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

Sexual Assault Awareness Month officially kicked off with a proclamation signing ceremony at the Hickam Memorial Theater April 1.

The ceremony was jointly hosted by Col. Johnny Roscoe, 15th Wing commander, and Capt. Mark Manfredi, chief of staff, Navy Region Hawaii, who shared their thoughts and highlighted the theme for this year's SAAM: "Live Our Values: Step Up and Stop Sexual Assault."

"When we step up to solve the crime of assault, it may not be the same as confronting a gunman, but sexual assault is life threatening too and it certainly has a long and significant impact on the victims," Manfredi said.
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Preserve the Ohana, Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault

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March 31, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

Every day the Air Force is committed to preventing sexual assault, but one month a year, there is a special observance. This April, the military will observe our 10th Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the theme, "Live Our Values: Step Up and Stop Sexual Assault."

Sexual violence is a devastating and intolerable crime, affecting men, women and children of all races, ages, cultures, economic situations and abilities in homes, schools and communities. Therefore we have chosen as our Hickam theme, "Preserve the Ohana."
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Hickam Mental Health Team to host Alcohol Awareness Week

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March 31, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

In observance of Alcohol Awareness Week, the Hickam Mental Health Flight will host several educational events on JBPHH April 7-11.

According to Staff Sgt. Amanda Villa, 15th Medical Operations Squadron Mental Health Flight Resiliency and Outreach specialist, the purpose of Alcohol Awareness Week is to educate Airmen of the dangers associated with binge drinking and to promote a culture of responsible drinking and decision making.

"During this week, we will be encouraging people to learn more about their drinking patterns, learn what a standard drink is and how to make responsible choices and decisions while drinking," she said.
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535th Airlift Squadron Auditorium rededicated to fallen Airman

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March 28, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

The 535th Airlift Squadron auditorium was officially renamed the Hollister Auditorium in a dedication ceremony on JBPHH March 28.

The room was named after fallen comrade, Staff Sgt. Robert "Danny" Hollister, a loadmaster assigned to the 535th AS, who lost his life in the line of duty March 13, 2012, while participating in Exercise COPE TIGER in Udon Thani, Thailand.

During the ceremony, Hollister was recognized for flying more than 2, 500 hours, including 300 combat hours, while flying more than 550 sorties in his six-year tenure with the unit and the Air Force.
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Colon Cancer screening saves lives through early detection

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March 24, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

Colorectal Cancer, or Colon Cancer, occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel and the rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

Colon Cancer, when discovered early, is highly treatable. Even if it spreads into nearby lymph nodes, surgical treatment followed by chemotherapy is highly successful. In the most difficult cases--when the cancer has spread to the liver, lungs or other sites--treatment can prolong and add to one's quality of life.
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Female Airman begins her journey as boom operator

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March 21, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

Some jobs are harder to explain than others. For example, being a boom operator aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker. They have to try and explain how, in addition to ensuring the safety of everyone on board; they crawl into a confined space at the rear of the aircraft, peer through a tiny glass window, and direct a giant boom into a small opening on another aircraft in order to transfer thousands of gallons of fuel.

In addition to all of this, they do their job while traveling hundreds of miles per hour miles above the ground.
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Local Girl Scouts sporting ‘Air Force Pride’ after visit to JBPH-H

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March 21, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

Volunteers from JBPH-H recently had a chance to help a group of Girl Scouts from the local community earn the Air Force Pride Badge.

To attain their badge, the girls participated in a "pilot for-a-day" style career day hosted by the 15th Operations Group March 17.

For the event, more than a dozen Airmen spent the morning helping to immerse the second and third graders in Air Force culture and educating them on various Air Force career fields. In addition to a C-17 Globemaster III static display, the girls were taught how to use aircrew flight equipment, such as parachutes and night vision goggles, and how to load and secure cargo and how to build a temporary hospital for aeromedical evacuations.
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JBPH-H Airmen serve up seven courses of joint greatness

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March 21, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force flight attendants from the 65th Airlift Squadron teamed up with their Army counterparts March 19 to serve up a Joint Service Flight Culinary Training Meal so delicious it received a standing ovation.

The flight culinary training meals are part of an ongoing effort between the two services to maximize on-the-job training opportunities and increase camaraderie and cross-flow of communication between the units.

For this exercise, the 65th AS Airmen joined Soldiers from the U.S. Army Priority Air Detachment in the kitchen to create a seven-course gourmet meal that was professionally plated and served it to members of both units whom functioned as food critics for the event. The 40 guests in attendance were each served a tasting portion of every dish and asked to provide feedback to the cooks.
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SARC office gets new home

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March 19, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

There have been some changes at the Hickam Sexual Assault Response Coordinator's office -- it now has a new location.

What was once the Traffic Management Office in Building 1113, adjacent to the Hickam gym, is now home to the SARC team, comprised of Machelle Terrell, SARC, deployed Capt. Ryan Peake, the deputy SARC and Ida Wallace, JBPH-H Installation Full-time Victim Advocate.

The Hickam SARC office provides a 24-hour, seve
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JBER fighters take up winter refuge at JBPH-H

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March 19, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

Having 365 days of tropical weather makes Hawaii not only an ideal place for a beach vacation; it provides optimal working conditions for flying units needing to escape wintry weather impeding upon their training mission.

One such unit taking advantage of the warmer temperatures is the 525th Fighter Squadron out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on temporary duty to JBPH-H for "Operation Cope Thaw."

According to Maj. Ryan Wick, an F-22 Raptor pilot with the 525th FS, prior to arriving at JBPH-H for Cope Thaw on March 1, not a single pilot in their unit at home was combat-mission ready for various reasons - one of them being weather related cancellation of sorties.
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Refueling crew receives valuable training during Sentry Aloha Warrior Day

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March 18, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

As part of the massive Sentry Aloha exercise that wraps up March 19, hundreds of participants took part in exercise wartime scenarios during a Warrior Day March 14.

The Warrior Day included the participation of KC-135 Stratotankers, C-17 Globemasters III, F-15 Eagles, F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-22 Raptors.

"It's always great when you get to work with so many different [aircraft] and operational capabilities," said Capt. Jeremy Buxton, 96th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 pilot. "For us and the boom operators, we gain experience from refueling the different aircraft, so it's good to have these wartime scenarios."
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Emergency management training keeps JBPH-H prepared for the worst

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March 13, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

Keeping in line with Ready Navy and Air Force Be Ready disaster preparedness programs, the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam emergency management office conducted Ombudsman Key Spouse Community Preparedness Training at the Hickam Memorial Theater March. 12.

"It's very important to stay prepared and know what to do in the event of an emergency," said Col. David Kirkendall, 647th Air Base Group commander, who gave the opening statements during the brief. "With this training, you'll have the information you need to weather a storm, figuratively and literally."
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COMMENTARY: Ladies, take a moment to appreciate the freedoms we have

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March 12, 2014 in Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base by clevine

I am not a feminist. I do not think that men and women are equal at every level. I find this evident simply measuring biceps. There are jobs that I don't think I could do if I wanted, and I am glad that there are capable and willing men that do them. I am not captivated at the idea of being a single working mother, among other things, but I am glad that I have the opportunity to choose.

My way of thinking, I am aware, is a privilege. While there are many things that I would gladly leave to a man to do, or things that I would prefer a partner in, there are many things that I would not like to do, such as clean the oven, or make sandwiches. My choice to have a career, to join the military, and a million other freedoms I enjoy and take for granted on a daily basis, were earned. Not by me, but by the blood, sweat, and tears of strong women before me.
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