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HILLTOP TIMES Seven Bronze Star Medals awarded to Team Tech. Sgt. Steven Kobbe 424th Medium Truck Detachment, squad leader and convoy commander He led line-haul operations over some of the most treacherous roadways in the world amassing 19,000 miles during 13 convoy missions. Sgt. Matthew Buchanan 70th Medium Truck Detachment, convey commander He participated in 15 missions, covering 18,000 miles while performing the most demanding position en the convoy team. Lt. Col. Heather Landon 455th Medical Support Squadron Task Force, administrator and director of personnel She led a squad providing care for more than 30,00. Her team earned the No. 1 rank for error-free patient movement requests in U.S. Central Command. Master Sgt. Jason Fisk Joint Task Force, logistics operations distribution manager He managed more than 2.7 million pounds of material and equipment for the task force and brought a substantial increase in productivity. Lt. Col. Christopher Luedtke Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team and Forward Operating Base Lion, Afghanistan, commander His PRT conducted 800 combat and nonkinetic missions. His efforts enabled $28 million in reconstruction. He led remote foot patrols in combat zones. TIMES April 17, 2008 Tech. Sgt. Brandon Hobeck 424th Medium Truck Detachment, convoy commander and squad leader He demonstrated exceptional leadership, professionalism and dedication in his assignments. Tech. Sgt. Andrew Wheeler 424th Medium Truck Detachment, squad leader and convoy commander He led line-haul operations over some of the most treacherous roadways in the world amassing 19,000 miles during 13 convoy missions. Governor signs veterans home funding bill Trip to N.Utah includes stop at Layton school for studentsponsored resolution BY CHARLES F. TRENTELMAN Standard-Examiner staff firstname.lastname@example.org O GDEN — On April 11, Gov. Jon Huntsman lifted his pen, paused, looked at Medal of Honor recipient George Wahlen and said, "This is in your honor" — then he signed the bill authorizing money to build a 120-bed veterans nursing home in Weber County. The signing was at the end of a ceremony next to the site of the home, on 1200 West in Ogden, near the WeMATTHEW HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner ber County Fairgrounds and Gov. Jon Huntsman (right) congratulates George Wahlen, Utah's only living recipient of across from Wahlquist Junior the Medal of Honor, after signing an appropriations bill April 11 for the construction of a High School. veterans nursing home in Ogden. Wahlen, Utah's only living recipient of the Medal of Honor, has worked for more home now and to wait for fed- day," he said as he waited for with a great idea, and you than 20 years to get veterans eral reimbursement. the ceremony to begin. did," said Oda, the chief sponnursing homes built in Utah, Near the end of this year's "This is a great place," he sor of the resolution. first in Salt Lake City and now legislative session, the vetersaid, pointing to the site of the The Meth Awareness for in Weber County. ans succeeded. home across the street. Students and Educators Reso"It's certainly a great thing Construction of the home "The Reserve unit is right lution urges that information to see it happen," Wahlen should start this fall, "and we there," he said, pointing to a about the dangers of methamsaid, and a lot of people agree would like it to be done by U.S. Army Reserve building phetamine be distributed to with him. More than 100 November of 2009," said Utah up the street. junior high, senior high and veterans and government Department of Veterans Af"They can come down here post-secondary students. officials from Ogden, Weber fairs Director Terry Schow. and do exercises. And there's "We want more kids to be County and around the state The Veterans Administrathe school," he said as he informed about it," said Katurned out to watch Huntstion will provide the home's pointed to Wahlquist Junior marie Nicadao, North Layton man sign the bill. operating funds. High. "They can probably Junior High student body Utah has one 80-bed nursadopt the patients." "As you look around, president. ing home for veterans in Salt there's a lot of World War Us It was a busy day in the "They will learn how danLake City. It has been workstill here," said Casey KunTop of Utah for Huntsman. gerous it is to their health, ing for more than five years imura, an 83-year-old veteran He also stopped at North Layso when they grow up, they for a second, and Utah agreed of that war, "but the number's ton Junior High School to sign won't lose their lives over it." several years ago to provide diminishing. Tb me, this is House Concurrent Resolution The students chose to matching funds to build the probably one of the greatest 1, which was written by the focus on meth after their home, now estimated to cost things to happen to veterans school's student leadership. principal, David Turner, who $20 million. in Northern Utah." At the beginning of the volunteers on the Davis CounTwo years ago, however, Dennis Howland, who school year, Rep. Curt Oda, ty Safe Home, School, Comveterans learned that Utah's served with the Marines durR-Clearfield, visited the munity executive committee, home was about seven years ing the Vietnam War, carried school's student body officers told them about the effects down on the federal funds a rifle in the Ogden Veterans and challenged them to get the drug has on Northern waiting list, so they began of Foreign Wars Post 1481 involved in the legislative Utah families. to lobby the Legislature to honor guard. process. Reporter Beth Young conprovide all the money for the "This is good, this is a great "I asked you to come up tributed to this article. 2008 Air Force Community Assessment STrvey launch BY LT. GEN. FRANK G. KLOTZ USAF Assistant Vice Chief of Staff T he 2008 Air Force Community Assessment Survey (CA) will be launched in April 2008. It is the ninth in the survey's 20-year history. This survey continues to be a critical tool for senior leaders in determining the strengths and needs of Air Force communities and informing community action planning at the installation, MAJCOM, and Air Force levels. The CA provides the Integrated Delivery Systems (IDS) and Community Action Information Boards (CAIB) with a means to ensure that community interven- • tions are timely, focused and data driven. As airmen and their families continue to rise to a multitude of global challenges, we must persevere in our efforts to promote resilience in the warfighter. The importance of robust participation in this survey has never been higher. I ask all Air Force leaders to fully support and encourage participation in this critical survey effort. For more information on this survey, contact Maj. David Linkh, Chief Family Advocacy Policy and Research, at DSN 761-6305, call (703) 6816305, or via e-mail at davidlinkh@pentagon.