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  • Weapons system evaluation brings additional aircraft to Utah

    Residents around Hill may notice an increase in aircraft arrivals and departures Aug. 7-18 as the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron conducts the U.S. Air Force air-to-ground exercise known as Combat Hammer and air-to-air exercise known as Combat Archer. During the next couple of weeks, aircraft from Hill and four other units from around the nation will travel to the Utah Test and Training Range to drop munitions in realistic combat scenarios. With support from the 388th Fighter Wing and 75th Air Base Wing, 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron Airmen will collect and analyze data on how these precision weapons perform and their suitability for use in combat.
  • External pylon training increases F-35A weapons payload capability

    Active duty and Reserve Airmen here recently initiated certification training to load external pylons on F-35As assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing. The removable pylons are used to secure external munitions under the aircraft’s wings greatly enhancing its combat capability. Up until now, maintainers and pilots have been training operationally here with internally-loaded munitions.
  • 388th Fighter Wing welcomes new commander

    Col. Lee E. Kloos assumed command of the 388th Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony here today. “You have a single focus. It’s not easy, but it’s very clear. That is to be combat ready, and when called upon, go violently to take airpower to the fight,” Kloos said during his address to the 388th FW. “My focus is on you; to take care of you and to take care of your families and make sure you have the resources you need to execute that mission.”
  • ACC commander visits Hill AFB

    Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, visited Hill Air Force Base June 12-14 for a first-hand look at the Air Force’s first operational F-35A Lightning II location. Holmes visited several locations that support the stealth fighter, including the 388th Fighter Wing, 729th Air Control Squadron, Utah Test and Training Range Mission Control Center, and Ogden Air Logistics Complex Depot.
  • Hill Airmen generate 3,000th F-35A sortie, adopt upgraded ALIS

    Recently the 3,000th F-35A Lighting II aircraft sortie departed Hill Air Force Base generated by maintainers from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing.That sortie, and all others flown that day was carried out with the new version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System. Commonly called ALIS, it’s the F-35A’s
  • Hill’s F-16s: Celebrating 40 years of combat airpower, part 2

    In honor of the F-16, whose operational service here is coming to a close this year, we continue our two-week tribute to the men and women of the 388th Fighter Wing and Team Hill who have supported Viper’s combat mission for the past 38 years.
  • Youngest maintainer at Red Flag launches America’s youngest jet

    The future belongs to the young. Nathan Kosters, the youngest F-35 crew chief in the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, was born in 1996. “The Macerana” was No. 1 on the charts (somehow), “Independence Day” topped the box office and the F-16 Fighting Falcon had already been flying for 22 years.
  • F-35A, maintainers proving reliable at Red Flag

    When it comes to the F-35A, much is made of the edge its fifth-generation technology gives pilots, but America’s newest fighter aircraft is also proving capable in the hands of maintainers.
  • F-35A proving its worth at Red Flag combat exercise

    After eight days “at war” the F-35A Lightning II is proving to be an invaluable asset during Red Flag 17-01, the Air Force’s premier air combat exercise held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
  • F-35A maintenance sparks Red Flag 17-1

    The debut of the F-35A Lightning II at Red Flag has afforded the pilots and maintainers of the aircraft a chance to be a part of the Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise.
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