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Posted 8/6/2013 Printable Fact Sheet

Col. Bryan Radliff

Who We Are
The 419th FW is Utah's only Air Force Reserve unit. The wing is made up of about 1,100 Airmen in a variety of specialty areas to include F-16 operations, maintenance, and mission support.

Citizen Airmen
419th Airmen are the home team. The majority live, work, vote, pay taxes, buy homes and raise families in Northern Utah. They're your neighbors--teachers, full-time moms, business owners, students, police officers, airline pilots and nurses.

Economic Impact
The wing contributes more than $65 million per year to the local economy according to the 2012 Hill AFB Economic Impact Statement. That number is significantly higher when factoring in the economic contributions of our spouses and family members.

Reserve Efficiency
Citizen Airmen provide 17 percent of the Air Force's capability, but use only 4 percent of its budget! Eighty percent of 419th personnel serve part time and are called to active duty when needed. This saves on pay, benefits and infrastructure costs.

Our reservists have high experience levels and continued staying power. The average 419th member has more than 12 years of total military service. The wing enjoys exceptionally high retention rates, providing stability and experience to our nation.

Employer Support
Employer support is crucial to a reservist's ability to continue to honor his or her military commitments. Most 419th Airmen hold civilian jobs in Northern Utah, and top employers include the Department of Defense (Hill Air Force Base), Delta Airlines, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Intermountain Health Care.

Deployed Operations

In the ten years following 9/11, thousands of 419th Airmen deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In the past two years, nearly 400 wing Airmen deployed overseas for a total of 35,000 days. This includes 419th pilots, who flew nearly 500 combat hours.

419th reservists deploy worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance--building houses, schools, and providing medical supplies and treatment. Personnel from the wing's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team also routinely support the United Nations and U.S. Secret Service operations. In January 2010, wing logistics professionals deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to restore airfield operations following the massive earthquake there. In 2011, wing pilots began routine deployments to the Republic of Korea, maintaining a balance of forces in the region to deter aggression from the north.

419th Firsts
1983 The first Air Force Reserve unit to fly the F-16
1999 The first AF Reserve unit to use precision-guided munitions in combat
2001 The first F-16 unit to fly combat mission in Operation Enduring Freedom
2003 The first F-16 unit to fly combat mission in Operation Iraqi Freedom
2007 The first Total Force Integration fighter-associate unit

Total Force Integration
419th personnel operate and maintain F-16s alongside the active duty 388th Fighter Wing as part of an initiative dubbed Total Force Integration. TFI seeks to enhance capability by capitalizing on the strengths of active duty, reserve and guard components. Hill's fighter wings maintain separate organization and command structures, but work side by side on a daily basis. Since joining forces in 2007, 419th personnel have supported seven operational deployments in conjunction with the 388th FW.

F-35 Lightning II
Hill AFB is currently under consideration for future operational beddown of the F-35 Lightning II. Hill's proximity to the Utah Test and Training Range, the largest block of supersonic airspace in the U.S., makes it a superior option. The UTTR offers unlimited vertical airspace, minimal encroachment issues, and diverse terrain. If selected, 419th personnel will maintain and fly the next-generation aircraft alongside their active duty counterparts in the 388th FW.

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(Current as of January 2013)

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