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  • 388th Fighter Wing focuses on F-35A operational capabilities, mission readiness

    As the Air Force continues to sharpen its competitive edge to become a more lethal and ready force, the first combat-coded F-35A Lightning II wing has been a key contributor to the force’s overall readiness. Over the summer, all three squadrons — nearly 70 F-35A aircraft — were operating away from home station. They conducted operations in nine different countries on three separate continents, supporting multiple combatant commanders. One squadron supported a European Theater Support Package, another squadron conducted off-station operations at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, while Hill’s runway was under construction, and one squadron is currently conducting the first F-35A combat deployment.
  • Hill jet mechanic SOARs to full-time college scholarship

    A Hill aerospace propulsion journeyman will step away from his Air Force career in August, with the goal of returning as a Space Operations Officer after spending four years at the University of Utah. Senior Airman Jared Timmons with the 388th Maintenance Squadron received a commissioning opportunity through the Scholarships for Outstanding Airman to ROTC (SOAR), and is excited to continue his career after graduation.
  • F-35A pilots and maintainers conduct combat capabilities exercise

    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.
  • JASDF general tours F-35A at Kadena

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force Maj. Gen. Koji Imaki, Air Defense Command, Defense and Operations Division chief, and other members of the JASDF received a up-close-look at a U.S. Air Force F-35-A Lightning II during a tour Jan. 12, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • 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.
  • First operational F-35A squadron receives final aircraft

    The 388th Fighter Wing accepted its 23rd and 24th combat-coded F-35A Lightning lls last week. The June 21 addition means the 34th Fighter Squadron and 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit have their full component of operational jets.
  • F-35 deploys to Europe for the first time

    F-35A Lightning IIs, Airmen and accompanying equipment arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, today, marking the aircraft’s first overseas training deployment to Europe.
  • Hill fighter wings first to bring F-35A to Red Flag

    Pilots and maintainers from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings deployed the F-35A Lightning II to Nellis AFB, Nev., Jan. 20.This is the first deployment to Red Flag for the F-35A and the first large movement since the Air Force declared the jet combat ready in August 2016.Red Flag is the Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise.
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