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  • Department of the Air Force offers limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers; expanded PALACE CHASE

    These programs provide provisions for both enlisted and officer members who meet specified criteria. The application window runs Jan. 20 – April 2.
  • Hill Air Force Base Fighter Wing Maintainers named “Best in Air Combat Command”

    The 388th and 419th Fighter Wing Maintenance Groups have been recognized as Air Combat Command’s nominees for the 2020 Clements McMullen Memorial Daedalian Weapons System Maintenance Trophy. This means that the two maintenance groups’ efforts maintaining and employing the F-35A Lightning II, the Air Force’s newest 5th-generation stealth fighter, were recognized as some of the best maintenance operations in Air Combat Command.
  • Maintainers, training squadron collaborate on new F-35 hydraulics course

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- When an F-35A Lightning II pilot moves the flight controls, oil reservoirs, pumps, lines, actuators, valves, all go to work as part of the aircraft’s hydraulic system, moving fins and rudders and more.A new 40-hour course, developed by the 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 3, in conjunction with the 388th Maintenance
  • F-35 Demonstration Team completes its first year at Hill Air Force Base

    The F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team has officially completed its first year as an Air Combat Command Demonstration Team. The team’s performance at the “Sun N’ Fun Holiday Flying Festival” in Lakeland, Florida earlier this month marked the team’s 12th and final performance of the season. The F-35 Demo Team is an aerial jet demonstration team, with a mission to inspire, engage and recruit the next generation of Airmen, as well as educate the global public on the capabilities of the Air Force’s newest 5th-generation stealth fighter. 
  • Juggling F-35s: Schedulers help keep fleet healthy, balancing required maintenance and availability

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- When it comes to maintenance on America’s most advanced fifth generation fighter, there’s one office that functions as the hub for information needed to sustain the health of the fleet, the 388th Logistics Support Squadrons’ Plans, Scheduling and Documentation section.“We schedule and plan all future maintenance actions
  • 35 years in the desert: Range controller retires after decades supporting Air Force combat training

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- “Shack!” is the slang that spotters and controllers on the ground say over the radio to fighter or bomber pilots when their weapons hit on target. Dorothy “Dot” Ellis may not be able to tell you how many times she’s said it over her 35 years on the Utah Test and Training Range, but she will tell you that every time has
  • Team Hill tests near-instant launch capabilities of fighter wings

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Last week, Team Hill carried out a short-notice exercise, launching F-35A Lightning IIs to intercept two civilian “red air” aircraft over the Utah Test and Training Range.The exercise tested the ability of the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings to perform nearly instantaneous launches from Hill Air Force
  • F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team Schedule announced for 2021 Airshow Season

    The 2021 air show schedule for the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team has been officially released. Announced today during the Virtual International Council of Airshows annual conference, the Utah-based team is scheduled to display the capabilities of the F-35A at approximately 22 performances starting in April 2021 and running through December.
  • Two Hill fighter squadrons complete simultaneous combat exercises

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – During the first two weeks of November, two of the 388th Fighter Wing’s F-35A Lightning II squadrons employed live weapons in combat training during simultaneous exercises here and at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.Airmen from the 4th Fighter Squadron, including Reservists from the 419th FW, deployed 12 F-35s to Tyndall AFB
  • Enlisted Airmen are the gatekeepers for Hill’s fighter squadrons

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Just like tracking maintenance on an F-35 is critical to flying safety, so is tracking and documenting the performance of the “human weapon system” – pilots – and that job belongs to Squadron Aviation Resource Managers.Squadron Aviation Resource Manager is an enlisted career field that exists in flying squadrons