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  • PHOTOS: 388th FW fires F-35A cannon for first time

    Pilots from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron were the first operational unit to fire the F-35A’s 25 mm cannon in a strafing run during training. The two-ship formation fired on two sets of ground targets on the Utah Test and Training range Aug. 13. Loading and firing the cannon was one of the few capabilities Airmen in the 388th and
  • PHOTOS: 388th, 419th FWs load F-35A cannon

    Tech. Sgt. Ross Robbins, 419th Maintenance Squadron, inspects 25 mm target practice rounds in preparation for loading into F-35 magazines August 8, 2018 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The F-35A is the only F-35 variant with an internal cannon. It is capable of firing 50 rounds per second. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)
  • 388th Fighter Wing standing up final F-35A aircraft maintenance unit

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah; -- Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing recently began standing up the last of its aircraft maintenance units, a big step toward receiving the full complement of F-35A Lightning IIs by the end of 2019. The first operational F-35s landed at Hill Air Force Base in October 2015. Since then the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 4th AMU
  • 388th MXG Airman earns Top 3 Superior Performer award

    Staff Sgt. Benjamin Speer was recently recognized as a “Superior Performer” by the Hill AFB Top 3. Speer is a senior weapons system coordinator assigned to the 388th Maintenance Group and is from Statesville, N.C.
  • Hill AFB units increase flying for weapons evaluations

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Residents around Hill may notice an increase in aircraft arrivals and departures Aug. 6-24 as Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing, the Reserve 419th FW and 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron conduct the U.S. Air Force air-to-ground exercise known as Combat Hammer and air-to-air exercise known as Combat Archer.During this
  • 388th, 419th FWs proud of F-35A milestones

    Today marks two years since the Air Force declared Initial Operational Capability for the F-35A and the total force Airmen at Hill’s active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings have been hard at work developing and demonstrating combat capability.“We knew that when we achieved IOC two years ago, the hard work had just begun,” said Col.
  • Hill Airmen, aircraft progress together as F-35A program matures

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Two years after the Air Force declared IOC for the F-35A, pilots and maintainers at Hill’s active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings are steadily erasing the word “initial” from in front of “operational capability.”Since the IOC announcement on Aug. 2, 2016, Airmen and the jet have grown together during
  • State’s money-saving programs aim to keep military members, vets in Utah

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs recently announced several programs that will benefit current and former service members in the state. These include a first-time homebuyer grant of $2,500, license reciprocity for military members and spouses with professional licenses in other states, and pro-bono
  • Weapons load challenges Airmen, builds camaraderie

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The and 388th and 419th Fighter Wings held a quarterly weapons load competition here July 6.   Three active duty and one reserve team competed in the competition, which tests Airmen’s ability to quickly and accurately load weapons onto an F-35 Lightning II.   “Competitions like these are important in the weapons
  • 388th FW, 75th ABW conduct joint cargo exercise

    The ability to rapidly deploy with America’s newest stealth fighter was tested here recently during a joint cargo exercise. The exercise tested the readiness of the Airmen in the 388th Maintenance Group and Hill’s cargo specialists in the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
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