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  • Largest off-station F-35A operation to date

    MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Since May 30, the 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron has been flying out of Mountain Home in what has been the largest off-station F-35A Lightning II operation to date.The squadron, normally stationed at Hill AFB, Utah, is functioning as a detachment with about 300 Airmen in operations, support and
  • Hill's fighter wings join Utah communities celebrating July 4

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – This July Fourth, F-35 Lightning II aircraft from Hill’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wings will roar over celebrations across Northern Utah.Eight pilots and about two dozen F-35 maintainers from both wings volunteer to work during the holiday to get the jets off the ground."From our altitude, you don't really get to see much
  • 388th Airmen fastest among Alpha Warrior athletes

    Hill Air Force Base hosted the Air Force Alpha Warrior Western Regional Competition June 21. Four athletes competed at the event, consisting of the top performers from Hill and Travis Air Force Base, California.
  • ‘AMMO’ Airmen run with Gold Star mother to honor veterans

    Munitions Airmen assigned to the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings and the 649th Munitions Squadron joined Gold Star Mother Cathy Powers during a 5K run June 21 to honor her son Senior Airman Bryce Powers and other veterans.
  • 388th FW Airmen fly in three-nation F-35 exercise

    Airmen deployed to the Middle East from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flew alongside F-35 Lightning IIs from the United Kingdom and Israel during Exercise Tri-Lightning, which took place over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, June 25, 2019.Tri-Lightning was a one-day defensive counter air exercise involving friendly and
  • 388th Fighter Wing welcomes new commander

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The 388th Fighter Wing here received a new commander today as Col. Steven G. Behmer assumed command of the Air Force’s only operational F-35A Lightning II unit.“We will continue to make sure this wing is singularly focused on deploying combat power,” Behmer said. “It’s not just about the aircraft. The F-35A doesn’t go
  • F-35 transported via C-17

    An F-35 Lightning II was loaded into a C-17 Globemaster by 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial porters recently at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Tech. Sgt. Allen Fanter, from the 388th Maintenance Group, helped coordinate the movement. This was the first-ever F-35 wing removal and shipment via air transport. The $200,000 four-year project culminated in the transport of the aircraft to Hill's Ogden Air Logistics Complex. There it will become the Air Force’s first F-35 aircraft battle damage trainer.
  • 388th, Norwegian F-35 maintainers push program with first 'cross-servicing'

    For the first time outside the U. S., Norwegian and American F-35 Lightning II maintainers worked together on their aircraft June 17, 2019. A team of five maintainers and four pilots from the 388th Fighter Wing's 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Norway for the historic cross-servicing event, during which the maintenance teams received and turned two American F-35As after their arrival from Finland.
  • Hill’s fighter wings demonstrate global reach with F-35A

    SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- From Europe to the Middle East and the high desert of Idaho, the Air Force’s first combat-coded F-35A Lightning II squadrons demonstrated their global reach this week.In a seven-day span, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings have been on the ground in nine different
  • Air Force career opens world to F-35A maintainer

    SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Staff Sgt. William Richardson doesn’t mind that it is a cliché. He joined the Air Force to see the world. And with this F-35A Lightning II deployment to Europe, he’s doing it.Richardson, an F-35A crew chief in the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit, was born on the tiny island of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.