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Boot drive for Operation Heroes runs July 9-12

Airmen from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings load a trailer with boots for a boot drive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on July 7, 2021.

Airmen from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings load a trailer with boots for a boot drive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on July 7, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

Col. Brett Newman, 419th Maintenance Group commander, helps Staff Sgt. Jayci Winter from the 419th MXG push a cart of collected boots into a trailer for a boot drive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on July 7, 2021.

Col. Brett Newman, 419th Maintenance Group commander, helps Staff Sgt. Jayci Winter from the 419th MXG push a cart of collected boots into a trailer for a boot drive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on July 7, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

Col. Brett Newman, 419th Maintenance Group commander, poses with members from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings in front of boots collected for the Operation Hero Boot Drive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on July 7, 2021.

Col. Brett Newman, 419th Maintenance Group commander, poses with members from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings in front of boots collected for the Operation Hero Boot Drive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on July 7, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Members from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings will host a boot drive to collect military combat boots of all conditions for Operation Heroes at Hangar 37 July 9-12.

Operation Heroes is a non-profit organization that gives back to Utah’s Gold Star families, or families who have lost a loved one serving in the U.S. military during a time of conflict.

Col. Brett Newman, 419th Maintenance Group commander, said the wing’s involvement in the drive was inspired by the recent loss of a maintainer in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

“Operation Heroes is about 300 boots deficient,” Newman said. “We look forward to getting our Airmen involved with this project, and we’re honored to give back to the families who have given so much.”

Airmen are encouraged to clean out their closets for a good cause and help meet the donation goal of 350+ boots.

For those without access to the hangar, a drive-up drop-off location will be available outside of the gate east of Building 36 at the below dates and times:

July 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

July 10 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.