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  • 388th, 419th Fighter Wings serve as core wing at Red Flag where enemy is complex, integration key

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada -- Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing, alongside reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing, are currently deployed for combat training with the F-35A Lightning II here during Red Flag.They are also performing the “core wing” function at what is known as the Air Force’s premier large force exercise.From Jan. 27-Feb. 15
  • Newest F-35A squadron brings fifth-generation capabilities to Red Flag

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada – Pilots and maintainers in the 421st Fighter Squadron are launching and flying the F-35A Lightning II in their first Red Flag together.The exercise, from Jan. 27-Feb. 15, is meant to give at least 10 combat-representative sorties to younger pilots to better prepare them for real combat against very capable
  • Unique F-35A program, maintainers progress during Red Flag 20-1

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada – Hundreds of Airmen from Hill’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wing are deployed here with the 421st Fighter Squadron for Red Flag, the Air Force’s premier large force combat exercise. This is the first Red Flag for the 421st Fighter Squadron as an F-35A Lightning II unit. They received their final aircraft in December 2019.
  • Hill Airmen take F-35A to Red Flag combat exercise

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Pilots and maintainers from Hill’s active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings are heading to Nellis AFB, Nevada, to take a leading role in Red Flag 20-1.The 421st Fighter Squadron, the last of the wing’s three squadrons to fully stand up, received their final aircraft in December 2019 and are prepared to take
  • Teen daughter of Air Force family writes children’s book

    “Betty Bubblegum was a sassy-sweet, fearless animal lover who spent her weekends riding horses, wearing brave fashion accessories, and adventuring with her friend, a good-natured service dog named Emily,” so starts the recently published children’s book by 13-year-old Brianna Heim. The book is titled Brave Betty & Her Besties.
  • 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
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