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  • Depot upgrades keep Falcon fighting

    Airmen of the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing received their final Block 40 F-16 to complete the Common Configuration Implementation Program upgrade April 21. The modifications, made by members of Hill's 309th Maintenance Wing, began in November 2005 to enhance the capabilities of the 30-year-old aircraft.The upgrade
  • Marine F/A-18s train at Utah Range

    From January 13 to February 8, Hill Air Force Base welcomed Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 to the Utah Test and Training Range, allowing the service members experience dropping live ordnance and working in a cold climate. The F/A-18 Hornet squadron, also known as the Bengals, came to Utah, and found valuable training in the UTTR's
  • 77-foot radar tower provides realistic air control training

    The 729th Air Control Squadron, a unit that relays communications between pilots and ground units calling for air support, marked the opening of its new, 77-foot radar tower and operations center here Jan. 10. The $700,000 tower allows 729th ground radar specialists to have a full view of the Utah Test and Training Range and more effectively direct
  • Friends and family welcome Airmen home

    Approximately 300 Airmen from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing returned from a deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq Jan. 8. In August, F-16 Fighting Falcons and associated pilots, maintenance and support personnel from the 4th Fighter Squadron deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit's primary mission
  • 421st Fighter Squadron deploys to Iraq

    Approximately 300 personnel from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing deployed Dec. 29 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Airmen will make up the 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and deploy to the region for at least 120 days as a part of the Air and Space Expeditionary Force rotation. The primary mission
  • 388th aircraft maintainers recognized by headquarters

    Airmen in the 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron were honored with Air Combat Command's mid-sized Aircraft Maintenance Effectiveness Award in November, highlighting the unit's work to generate F-16 sorties during training and deployments. The squadron competed with 20 similar aircraft maintenance units in the command based on their accomplishments
  • Certain officer, enlisted bonuses expired Dec. 31

    Certain bonus programs for Reserve and active duty officer and enlisted personnel expired Dec. 31 due to the president not signing the fiscal 2008 National Defense Authorization Act and returning it to Congress for changes. All reenlistments for eligible Airmen in Air Force Specialty Codes with a selective reenlistment bonus or those with a
  • Alert pilots: ready, set, go!

    The phone rings transforming a quiet night into an adrenaline-packed operation for alert pilots here. Pilots on alert status are on constant standby and have only 15 minutes from the time the call comes in to be in the air. "Airpower on standby is what we provide," said Capt. Zach Manning, 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot. "Alert crews
  • 388th members visit range communities

    The 388th Range Squadron recently sponsored an annual trip to three communities that surround the Utah Test and Training Range Oct. 16-18. The purpose of the "Moses trip" is to visit the communities near UTTR airspace to develop a good working relationship with the public. Due to the proximity of the range to the communities, they often hear the