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  • Hometown pilots participate in Stadium of Fire flyover

    Before they were even old enough to drive, the three boys used to look to the skies during the Stadium of Fire 4th of July celebration when the formation of jets would zoom above the Lavell Edwards stadium, in Provo, Utah. Now all three pilots were given a chance to look down at that same event flying overhead in their F-16 Fighting Falcons in a
  • 388th FW moves forward

    After two years in the commander's seat, Col. Robert Beletic, 388th Fighter Wing commander, shares his thoughts on the wing's progress, challenges and future. Colonel Beletic relinquished command of the wing to 388th Vice Wing Commander, Col. Todd Harmer, in a ceremony July 6. Colonel Harmer will act as wing commander until the new commander, Col.
  • Maintainers help control the sky keeping Balad radars 'rollin'

    Located about 50 feet above the ground are Balad's surveillance radar systems which keep running around the clock, searching the sky in order to maintain air superiority. These systems require daily maintenance to stay running. Airmen of the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron's ground radar maintainers ensure they provide a 24-hour-a-day
  • Reservists join forces with active duty fighter squadrons

    A small group of Reserve F-16 pilots and crew chiefs now work side-by-side with their active duty counterparts here, marking a major milestone in an ongoing integration initiative aimed at increasing the combat capability of Hill's fighter wings. Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing's 466th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit began
  • Supply sergeant orders up 506 AEG Diamond Sharp Award

    KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq. -- -- Staff Sgt. Mario Alvarez, 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron Combat Operations Supply journeyman, earned recognition here as the Diamond Sharp Award winner for the week of May 27 - June 2. Sergeant Alvarez deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and hails from Miami, Fla. He has served in the Air Force
  • 388th FW opens pilot gym

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony in the 388th Fighter Wing Headquarters building June 4 marked the opening of the wing's pilot gym--a facility designed to prevent G-induced loss of consciousness. "GLOC is a real threat to F-16 pilots. Over the lifetime of the F-16, we have lost 12 pilots and 16 aircraft to GLOC in the USAF," said 388th FW Commander, Col.
  • 729th ACS deploys in support of the Global War on Terror

    Approximately 200 personnel from the 729th Air Control Squadron deployed to southwest Asia May 15 in support of the Global War on Terror. The squadron will be deployed for at least 120 days as a part of the Air and Space Expeditionary Force rotation. An AEF is a cross-section of aerospace capabilities that can be tailored to meet specific theater
  • Wing takes time out for safety

    As Reveille played across Hill Air Force Base May 21, 388th Fighter Wing Airmen gathered inside a hangar on the aircraft ramp to kick off Safety Day events with a 1.5-mile formation run. More than 2,000 wing Airmen participated in the morning's run to focus on physical fitness. Wing leadership paused flying operations and conducted a safety day in
  • Cannon jets move to 388th Fighter Wing

    The 388th Fighter Wing received three F-16s from Cannon Air Force Base's 27th Fighter Wing in April and will receive the next one in May. In 2005, the Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure commission recommendations called for Cannon, located near Clovis, N.M., to distribute its F-16s to seven other bases, including Hill. Receiving the
  • Aircraft repaired, ready to fly

    After investing two years of maintenance work and $1.1 million to repair a crash-damaged F-16, maintainers from the 649th Combat Logistics Support Squadron returned the aircraft to its owners during a ceremony here May 7. The returned aircraft is one of two F-16s belonging to the 388th Fighter Wing's 421st FS that were damaged during a 2003