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F-35A pilots and maintainers conduct combat capabilities exercise

F-35A Combat Capabilities Exercise

A Hill AFB F-35A participates in the 388th Fighter Wing Combat Capabilities exercise Feb 27 at Hill AFB, Utah. The exercise is designed to simulate environments as close to combat as possible. This is the first time the 388th Fighter Wing’s combined 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit have participated in this type of exercise with the F-35A.

F-35A Combat Capabilities Exercise

Hill AFB F-35As ready to participate in the 388th Fighter Wing Combat Capabilities exercise Feb 26 at Hill AFB, Utah. The exercise is designed to simulate environments as close to combat as possible. This is the first time the 388th Fighter Wing’s combined 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th AMU have participated in this type of exercise with the F-35A.

F-35A Combat Capabilities Exercise

Staff Sgt. Hunter Glasco with the 388th Aircraft Maintenance Unit participates in the 388th Fighter Wing Combat Capabilities exercise Feb 26 at Hill AFB, Utah. The exercise is designed to simulate environments as close to combat as possible. This is the first time the 388th Fighter Wing’s combined 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th AMXS have participated in this type of exercise with the F-35A.

F-35A Combat Capabilities Exercise

Senior Airman Nathan West and Staff Sgt. Leslie Blackstock, both with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, participate in the 388th Fighter Wing Combat Capabilities exercise Feb 26 at Hill AFB, Utah. The exercise is designed to simulate environments as close to combat as possible. This is the first time the 388th Fighter Wing’s combined 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th AMU have participated in this type of exercise with the F-35A.

F-35A Combat Capabilities Exercise

Airman Forest Strick with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit participates in the 388th Fighter Wing Combat Capabilities exercise Feb 26 at Hill AFB, Utah. The exercise is designed to simulate environments as close to combat as possible. This is the first time the 388th Fighter Wing’s combined 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th AMU have participated in this type of exercise with the F-35A.

F-35A Combat Capabilities Exercise

Airmen with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit participate in the 388th Fighter Wing Combat Capabilities exercise Feb 26 at Hill AFB, Utah. The exercise is designed to simulate environments as close to combat as possible. This is the first time the 388th Fighter Wing’s combined 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th AMU have participated in this type of exercise with the F-35A.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The F-35A and those who fly and maintain it were tested recently with an exercise designed to simulate environments as close to combat as possible.

This is the first time the 388th Fighter Wing’s combined 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit have participated in this type of exercise with the F-35A.

Participants work in contested environments where various communications are denied, or targets are concealed and camouflaged, while generating valuable lessons to improve operations.

“We are using various forms of secure communications that we don't always train with, and we execute dynamic targeting that forces pilots and intelligence troops to make real-time, adapted decisions to accomplish the mission,” said Lt. Col. Yosef “Hitman” Morris, 4th FS Commander.

“These exercises help us identify our strengths and allows us to make improvements to become even better,” said Capt. Cheyenne Clement, 4th AMU Office in Charge. “Normal, home-station flying doesn't really stress the system, because we don't test all of the muscle groups we'd normally test in a deployed environment. Exercises like this helps us remain combat ready while also testing and stressing the F-35 program.”

The first operational F-35As arrived at Hill AFB in October 2015. Hill will be home to three operational squadrons by the end of 2019. The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th FWs fly and maintain the aircraft in a Total Force partnership.