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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
  • Hill AFB resources available for those with needs as impacts of Coronavirus spread

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The effects of the Coronavirus reach far beyond physical health, into many areas of daily life –  from empty store shelves, to layoffs or lower paychecks, to stress and anxiety.Military families are not immune, especially those who may have members deployed. However, they are not alone. Hill Air Force Base has resources
  • 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
  • Looking back at Operation Homecoming on POW/MIA Day

    In an AAFES parking lot at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, rests a plaque dedicated to former POWs from the Vietnam war, including some from the 388th Fighter Wing. It’s easy to walk past plaques, but this one is worth stopping to consider.For nearly a decade before it moved to Hill Air Force Base, the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing waged its share of the Vietnam
  • 388th Fighter Wing emphasizes connection during tactical pause

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing took a brief pause in operations Thursday to address a critical issue. Suicide.While the wing hasn’t suffered any recent suicides, the day was part of an Air Force-wide effort to reach out to every Airmen, to listen, and to provide resources to those in need.The service has lost 78 Airmen to
  • Deployed Hill F-35As exercise forward combat ops

    Deployed F-35A Lightning IIs from Hill Air Force Base, currently assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron participated in Exercise Agile Lightning, Aug. 4-7, 2019.The exercise is directly aligned with the 2018 National Defense Strategy’s call to be strategically predictable but operationally unpredictable,“Exercise Agile Lightning is a
  • Record-setting first sortie for wing's newest F-35A

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 388th Fighter Wing set a speed record for bringing online a newly-delivered aircraft last week, flying a local sortie less than five hours after accepting delivery of its 68th F-35A Lightning II.Aircraft 5261 left Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, production facility a little after 8 a.m. Aug. 1, 2019, landed at
  • Hill Airmen expand F-35A combat capability in Rapid Forge

    SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- This week, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s fighter wings forward deployed the F-35A Lightning II to several locations in Europe as part of a joint readiness exercise.So far, Operation Rapid Forge has seen F-35As, F-15E Strike Eagles, and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft work together to land, refuel and re-arm with
  • Hill F-35A units assist in F-16 fighter training

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Brand new F-16 pilots received a unique training experience here with the help of the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings and the F-35A Lightning II.For the last two weeks, F-16 basic course students and instructor pilots from the 311th Fighter Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, have been
  • Helping F-35A pilots operate, survive at Red Flag

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The F-35 is lethal and survivable in almost any environment, but it’s just a machine, unable to do anything without a skilled pilot. Those pilots need gear to interface with the jet, operate and survive. Outfitting the pilots is the job of the Airmen in the 388th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment
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