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  • For third time, Hill AFB fighter wings deploy F-35As to Middle East

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- For the third time in approximately 12 months, Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings here deployed F-35A Lighting IIs into combat.The 421st Fighter Squadron departed Hill AFB recently for Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, to support the United States Air Force Central Command mission in the region. “The
  • 34th Fighter Squadron departs for second F-35A combat deployment this year

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- For the second time this year, Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings here deployed F-35A Lighting IIs into combat.The 34th Fighter Squadron departed Hill last week for Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, to support the United States Air Force Central Command mission in the Middle East. The aircraft
  • 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.
  • 388th FW, 75th ABW conduct joint cargo exercise

    The ability to rapidly deploy with America’s newest stealth fighter was tested here recently during a joint cargo exercise. The exercise tested the readiness of the Airmen in the 388th Maintenance Group and Hill’s cargo specialists in the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
  • Hill Airmen support vice president’s visit to Japan

    Vice President Michael R. Pence addressed nearly two thousand U.S. service members – including Airmen from Hill Air Force Base – and members of the Japan Air Self Defense Force earlier this month.
  • SECAF visits Hill Airmen during Japan visit

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Kadena Air Base Feb. 1-2 for the first time since taking the position. She met with members across the installation, including Airmen in the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing who are deployed to Japan as part of a routine theater security package, to discuss her priorities of readiness, innovation and modernization.
  • Hill to test readiness, emergency response

    Hill AFB will be conducting readiness and emergency response exercises Jan. 29 through Feb. 5. Exercise activity may be noticeable on and around the installation, to include longer traffic cueing at installation gates, increased movement of emergency response vehicles, or testing of the base's "Giant Voice" public address system.
  • Air Force announces change to deployments

    The Air Force announced another milestone under the chief of staff’s number two focus area: Strengthening Joint Leaders and Teams. Airmen deploying on individual taskings will now deploy in teams of three or more. This move will provide mutual support during the entire deployment continuum. This directive, effective Nov. 30, 2017, is referred to as “Deployed Teaming.”
  • Hill’s F-35A and airmen mastering first Pacific deployment

    More than 300 men and women of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings and 12 F-35As are conducting business for the next six months on the subtropical Japanese island of Okinawa during a deployment known as a Theater Security Package. Their business is to fly the F-35A, integrate with Kadena Air Base’s F-15Cs and other assets and demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region—and they’re excited to do it. “We were very excited to find out we were coming here,” said Lt. Col. “Scout” Johnston, 34th Fighter Squadron commander. “It’s a wonderful place with wonderful people and the facilities are excellent. The airspace is phenomenal. This allows us to have great training opportunities and integration with other Air Force assets as well as with the Navy and Marine Corps and hopefully with the Japanese Self-defense force. So, we are excited to be here.”
  • NATO exercise last deployment for Hill F-16s

    ALBACETE AIR BASE, Spain – Eight F-16 aircraft and more than 200 Airmen from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th FW from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, are currently at Albacete Air Base, Spain, to participate in the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme through May 19.   TLP is an annual NATO Mission Commander’s School
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