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  • Helping F-35A pilots operate, survive at Red Flag

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The F-35 is lethal and survivable in almost any environment, but it’s just a machine, unable to do anything without a skilled pilot. Those pilots need gear to interface with the jet, operate and survive. Outfitting the pilots is the job of the Airmen in the 388th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment
  • PHOTOS: Maintainers launching F-35A at Red Flag

    A crew chief, assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, prepares to launch an F-35A Lightning II, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Pilots and maintainers from the 388th Fighter Wing's 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are participating in Red Flag 19-1 at Nellis AFB, Nevada. This is wing's second Red Flag with the F-35A,
  • 'Lethal' F-35A heading to Red Flag 19-1

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Pilots and maintainers from the 388th Fighter Wing are bringing the F-35A and ‘increased lethality’ as they take a lead role in Red Flag 19-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada,From Jan. 26 - Feb. 15, approximately 200 Airmen from Hill AFB, including reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing, will participate in what is known
  • Secretary of the Air Force visits 388th FW

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson receives a briefing about the F-35A Lightning II during a base visit, Jan. 23, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Hill AFB is slated to be home to three F-35 fighter squadrons with a total of 78 aircraft by the end of 2019. The active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing are the
  • 388th Ammo troops building bombs, cohesion

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah; -- Airmen in the 388th Maintenance Squadron’s Munitions Flight are honing their skills together in preparation for a world-wide Air Force competition. For the second year, Beale Air Force Base, California, will host the Air Force Combat Operations Competition where teams from each major command will compete for the Sierra
  • 388th Fighter Wing celebrates 2018 rock stars in style

    2018 was a huge year for the 388th Fighter Wing. From completing a deployment in Japan to demonstrating readiness and capability in the first-ever F-35A elephant walk. Fiday, the wing made sure the “rock stars,” who made those and many more vital, but unseen accomplishments possible, were recognized during its never-boring annual award
  • 2018 in photos

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah; -- 2018 was a busy year for Airmen in the 388th Fighter Wing, filled with many milestones as the wing continues to train and develop combat capability as the Air Force's first operational F-35 Lightning II unit. 
  • 421st FS and AMU receive first F-35A

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah; -- The 421st Fighter Squadron here received its first pair of F-35A Lightning II Dec. 12. The squadron is the last of three squadrons in Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing to take possession of combat-ready aircraft, bringing the 388th Fighter Wing closer to full strength. The United States Air Force’s first operational F-35As
  • 388th FW spouses lead Hill cookie drive for Airmen

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Every year, Hill Air Force Base holds a cookie drive to collect treats for young Airmen. The cookies are packaged and delivered to Airmen by volunteers and Team Hill leadership. For many young Airmen newly stationed at Hill, this is their first Christmas away from home. Tags on the packages read, "Thank you for serving
  • COMBAT POWER: Our best photos

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Hill’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wings conducted a combat power exercise Nov. 19 and launched 35 F-35A Lightning IIs within a condensed period of time. Here are the best photos of the day. As the Air Force’s only combat mission ready F-35A units, the 388th and 419th FWs must be prepared to launch any number of aircraft to
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