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  • 388th Fighter Wing recognizes 2019 ‘Superheroes”

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The 388th Fighter Wing recently name the Airmen who stood out among the units ‘Superheroes.’“Tonight we’re recognizing some of our best,” said Col. Steven Behmer, 388th Fighter Wing commander. “But, if you look back on everything we’ve accomplished this past year, this room is filled with superheroes.”The winners
  • 388 FW pilot earns prestigious weapons officer Robbie Risner award

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Maj. Jondavid “Dok” Hertzel, 34th Fighter Squadron Weapons Officer and F-35A  pilot, recently won the 2019 Robbie Risner Award.The award recognizes the Air Force weapons officer who makes the greatest combat impact in their first year after graduation from the Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base,
  • F-35A standup complete at Hill’s 388th, 419th Fighter Wings

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – A little more than four years after receiving their first combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft, Hill’s Fighter wings have achieved full warfighting capability.The term describes a set of focus areas within the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings: fully trained pilots and maintainers, a full complement of 78 aircraft and
  • Hill's fighter wings conduct F-35A combat power exercise

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW conducted a combat power exercise here Jan. 6, launching 52 F-35A Lightning IIs in rapid succession.The fighter wings are home to 78 aircraft. As the Air Force’s only combat-capable F-35A units, the wings must be prepared to launch any number of aircraft to support
  • F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team to begin local flying practice

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Beginning on Monday, January 6th, the 388th Fighter Wing’s new F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team will begin local flying practice to prepare for the 2020 airshow season.Local community members may see an F-35 conducting precision aerial maneuvers over Hill AFB’s air field. Demonstration practice will be scheduled one
  • Airmen deliver gifts to Utah’s foster children

    While most of our military may be away from home around the holidays, they still find time to bring joy out into the community. From Hill Air Force Base, Utah, around 85 volunteer Airmen put on their Santa hats for the day Dec. 18, delivering bags of wrapped gifts to over 140 foster care families around northern Utah.
  • Hill fighter wings receive final F-35A Lightning II

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Hill’s fighter wings received their final F-35A Lightning II Dec. 17. The delivery brings the total number of aircraft at Hill to 78.“This is a great milestone,” said Col. Steven Behmer, 388th Fighter Wing commander. “It marks the end of the beginning for us. Since receiving our first aircraft, our Airmen, alongside the
  • F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team Schedule announced for 2020 Airshow Season

     HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The 2020 airshow schedule for the Air Force’s only F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team has been officially released.Announced today during the International Council of Airshows annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Utah-based team is scheduled to display the capabilities of the F-35A at approximately 20
  • Maintainers ensure F-35A stays safe ... (and stealthy)

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – If every other system on a fighter aircraft fails, there’s one that has to work. The ejection system.No one likes talking about it, but it’s a fact of aviation, and the Airmen responsible for maintaining that system on the F-35A Lightning II take their jobs very seriously.Maintainers are notorious for paying “close
  • 34th Fighter Squadron departs for second F-35A combat deployment this year

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- For the second time this year, Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings here deployed F-35A Lighting IIs into combat.The 34th Fighter Squadron departed Hill last week for Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, to support the United States Air Force Central Command mission in the Middle East. The aircraft