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The 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base is Utah’s only Air Force Reserve unit. We offer a diverse range of combat capability to include operations and maintenance on the Air Force’s newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II. We also have a full-spectrum mission support group to include civil engineering, security forces, medical, aerial port, firefighting, supply, and transportation. The 419th is made up of more than 1,200 Citizen Airmen who serve part time in the military, but are full-time members of the local community. Most of our personnel live, work, and raise families in Northern Utah.


Col. Gina Sabric


Chief Master Sgt. Paul Strazz 

$43 million


  • First F-35A European deployment: United Kingdom
  • Medical Squadron humanitarian aid: Morocco
  • First F-35A Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment: Japan
  • First F-35A Middle East deployment: United Arab Emirates


  • $79 million to Utah’s economy each year
  • 90% of personnel live in No. Utah
  • Notable employers: Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah, Zions Bank, Delta Airlines, the Department of Defense, and the State of Utah


  • As reservists, our people train one weekend a month and two weeks a year so they’re ready to deploy in support of combat operations and humanitarian missions around the world
  • We can deploy within 72 hours’ notice


  • Average 12 years of experience – 50% served on active duty
  • Our legacy began in 1955
  • Flown 8 types of aircraft (cargo and fighter)
  • Transitions over 60 years have resulted in invaluable depth and breadth
  • Wing boasts 95% retention rate


  • Full-time personnel and high experience levels are critical to day-to-day flying operations at Hill AFB
  • We deploy side by side with active duty counterparts in the 388th FW
  • Shared aircraft, facilities, and infrastructure represent great value to taxpayers


  • Our Airmen are some of the world’s leading experts in fifth-generation technology
  • Total of 78 F-35A aircraft due to arrive at Hill AFB by the end of 2019

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Congrats to our innovative Airmen who secured funds via the “Snake Tank” competition to help improve and streamline their mission areas and squadrons! 🏆🏆🏆 https://www.419fw.afrc.af.mil/News/Article/1816724/wing-leaders-name-winning-snake-tank-ideas/
Meet one of our deployed reservists, Lt. Col. Shad “Polo” Stromberg, an F-35 Lightning II pilot in the 466th Fighter Squadron. Stromberg is currently deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, as part of the first F-35A deployment to the Middle East. The former F-16 pilot has more than 2,300 flying hours and has deployed eight times throughout his Air Force career. He’s an instructor and evaluator in the F-35 and has been with the wing since 1996. When he’s not flying for the Air Force Reserve, he has a civilian career as a pilot for Delta Air Lines. He’s also an avid skier and volunteers as ski patrol at Snowbasin Resort in northern Utah. 📷: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Fuchs
Meet one of our deployed reservists, 21-year-old Senior Airman Alexander Legge from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. He’s been in the Air Force Reserve for about three years, but this is the first deployment for the #F35 avionics technician. “I come from a long line of Air Force in my family, so I’ve got a name to uphold,” he said. “From the second I joined the Reserve, I’ve been training hard to be the best I can be. I’m more than ready for this deployment. This is real time, real mission.” Legge is currently serving at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, where Airmen and jets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, are stationed as part of the first Middle East deployment for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 Lightning II. Back home in Utah, Legge is proud dad to “my beautiful dog that I’m sad to leave.”
We’re making history again! Airmen from the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th Fighter Wing deployed last week to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates — the first Middle East deployment for the United States Air Force’s F-35 Lightning II. Pilots, maintainers, and various #F35 support personnel flew out late at night in support of efforts underway throughout U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Alongside coalition partners, our Airmen will bring air dominance to the region with the fifth-generation jet. https://www.419fw.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1814706/hill-airmen-depart-for-f-35as-first-middle-east-deployment/
Nearly 1,000 reservists gather to hear from Col. Gina Sabric, the 419th FW commander, during our unit training assembly this weekend. Reservists train at least one weekend a month and two weeks a year to remain ready to deploy at a moment’s notice — and we're hiring! For information on a wide variety of positions and competitive benefits, call our recruiters at (801) 777-3330.
71 years young! On this day in 1948, the Air Force Reserve was created as a separate component when the Army Air Corps Reserve was transferred to the Air Force. Today, about 70,000 Reserve “Citizen Airmen” are serving around the globe in air, space, and cyberspace!
Meet Staff Sgt. Jared Jacques from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron. Jared, 30, went from being an engine mechanic on C-130s and F-16s to an emergency management expert in natural and military disasters. “We plan military exercises for our Airmen, but we also work with local counties around Hill Air Force Base to prepare for earthquakes, flooding, or even tornados,” he said. “I like being organized about planning for the unexpected, because I know it will save people’s lives.” Jared joined the Air Force Reserve after nine years on active duty, where he deployed four times and traveled to more than 30 countries, mostly in Africa. When he’s not working in the CES, you can find him in the gym six days a week, training for his second Spartan Race, a grueling obstacle course challenge. As a single dad, Jared enjoys coaching his daughter’s tee-ball team and making furniture for his home (his latest creation is a rocking chair). If he could possess one superpower: “I’d be able to stop time, so I could get more done.”
Anyone remember this? October 1985, when F-16 pilots and maintainers from the 419th [Tactical] Fighter Wing dominated at the prestigious Gunsmoke competition. They scored 9,431.5 out of a possible 10,000 points, despite having only flown the new aircraft for about 18 months. 💪🏻 Talk about flying, fighting, and WINNING! GUNSMOKE '85 TEAM PILOTS: Col Bane Lyle Maj Wayne Conroy Maj Danny Hamilton Maj Tom King Maj Don Harder (alternate) AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE: Maj Terry Paasch CMSgt Larry Johnson SMSgt Ron Bertot SMSgt Kenneth Varney MSgt Mark Anderson MSgt Ron Christensen MSgt Pete Goff MSgt Gordon McKay MSgt Ron Meacham MSgt Terry Tuckness TSgt Mel Ahrens TSgt Robert Aussem TSgt Steve Barker TSgt Dennis Brown TSgt Jim Call TSgt Steve Cordon TSgt Mike Ellenburg TSgt Dan Farley TSgt Louie Martinez TSgt Robert Mather TSgt George Philamalee TSgt Martin Romero TSgt Tom Tuckett TSgt Bryson Wallace SSgt Gary Cole SSgt Tim Douglas SSgt Bryant Farmer SSgt Terry Hall SSgt Rick Heaton SSgt Nancy Keller SSgt Gary Meacham SSgt Gary Nasta SSgt Allen Ottley SSgt John Ricketts SSgt Jerry Santoro SSgt Jim Simpson SSgt Brad Voss SSgt Dave Williams SrA Joel Neiswender SrA Vince Sandoval
We’re looking for personnel with innovative ideas to participate in a “Snake Tank” competition this Saturday at 2 p.m. during the monthly unit training assembly weekend. Like the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” participants will pitch their ideas to a team of senior leaders who will award funding to the best and brightest ideas. To put your name in the ring, send an email to the wing’s process improvement manager at Sterling.Broadhead@us.af.mil no later than 4:30 p.m. this Wednesday. The email should contain a short description of your idea and its estimated cost. For additional details, contact Broadhead by phone at (801) 777-4192.
About 150 of our reservists are spending the next few days living, working, and sleeping in rugged terrain as part of a mock deployment that will test their wartime readiness. What are you doing this weekend? https://www.419fw.afrc.af.mil/News/Article/1807190/reservists-build-operate-base-for-four-day-mock-deployment/
No fooling! Congrats to our reservists who were promoted today, April 1! Operations Group: Tech. Sgt. Amber Mercado 67th Aerial Port Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Parrish Staff Sgt. Braxton Beckstead Senior Airman Logan Densley 466th Fighter Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Ryan Miller Force Support Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Ty Jones Tech. Sgt. Joseph Shumway Senior Airman Chanaramis Fue-Asuega Aircraft Maintenance Squadron: Staff Sgt. Justin Crosby Staff Sgt. Caleb Shumway Maintenance Squadron: Senior Airman Vanessa Ruttenbur
Today is #VietnamWarVeteransDay and we’re thankful for those who served. Some veterans even continued their service right here in the 419 FW. Ken Payne served in Vietnam for one year from 1971-1972. After eight years on active duty and a break in service, he joined the 419th in 1984 — and deployed six more times. After nearly 40 years of service, Payne retired as a master sergeant from the Air Force Reserve in 2011. "There may be some Vietnam veterans who are not proud of their service," Payne said. "But I am."
“Superior to all platforms” // “Virtually undetectable” // “So much power” // “Full warfighting capability” // These are just a few things pilots are saying about the F-35 Lightning II as it continues to prove itself the most advanced, lethal, and survivable fighter jet in the world 🇺🇸
Lt. Col. Timothy “TJ” Eaton, a reservist in the 419th Inspector General office, received the Distinguished Flying Cross at Hill Air Force Base this week. While serving as a B-1 pilot in 2008, Eaton is credited with saving 62 lives while providing critical close air support to troops in Afghanistan when their base came under attack. Eaton and his crew significantly slowed the attack and allowed friendly forces to regroup and repel the largest enemy attack in Afghanistan at that point in the war. The prestigious DFC medal was presented by U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, who was serving as wing commander at Bagram Air Base at the time. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Perry)
Congrats to West Valley City for being a finalist for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award! 🇺🇸 West Valley continues to be a huge supporter of National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel, and is among 30 finalists from nearly 2,500 nominations. The city was nominated by a reservist in the 419th Security Forces Squadron who also works for WVC Police Department. 👮‍♂️
Congrats to Senior Airmen Rebecca Brown and Draven Lee from the 419th Security Forces Squadron, our newest graduates from Airman Leadership School 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓
Take a closer look at what reservists in the 419th Sustainment Services Flight do to keep our Airmen fit, fed, and rested. https://www.419fw.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1791908/a-closer-look-at-the-419th-sustainment-services-flight/
👋🏼 Meet Senior Airman Zack Sherman from the 419th Maintenance Squadron. Zack, 24, describes himself as a hard-working, outgoing jokester with a passion for sports. A lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, the Utah native has played on various football leagues in the Ogden area. He also enjoys basketball, snowboarding, and “anything outdoors.” When he made the decision to join the military in 2015, the Air Force Reserve gave him the option to live and work near Utah’s mountains, where he spends time camping, fishing, and four-wheeling. He said the teamwork and discipline he learned in various sports carried over to his job in fuel systems repair, as he works with fellow Airmen to keep the F-35 Lightning II at Hill Air Force Base in top shape. “It means a lot to be some of the very first people to work on this brand new airframe,” he said. “We are the first ones to solve problems, and it feels great having supervision placing everything in our hands and trusting that we will be able to fix the issue – it’s a truly humbling experience.” His short-term goals include finishing his degree in logistics management and putting on staff sergeant. He also looks forward to getting a full-time job in the 419th Fighter Wing and gaining more experience via deployment.
Heads up: Bit more sound coming your way in the next few weeks 🇺🇸
“I wanted to do something that wasn’t just for me. I wanted to work in an organization that reaches worldwide. I lo… https://t.co/onddeH21zY
Feature and a few awesome photos of @USAFReserve #F35 maintainer, Senior Airman Colby Cook 🇺🇸💪✈️ https://t.co/iyEzmN2Zj7
Nomination season is now open! Reservists, consider nominating your supportive employer for the #FreedomAward https://t.co/A0jISvwne5
Feast your eyes: @thef35 with a full weapons loadout sits on the ramp at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emir… https://t.co/VWZgdAefnd
Tune in and chime in! https://t.co/ohNGQtjyjQ
Air Force reservists from across the 419th Mission Support Group are deploying in support of efforts underway throu… https://t.co/JrWzOuKqgn
Reservists @HAFB paused training on Saturday to discuss suicide prevention and awareness, and get insight on how to… https://t.co/VYFpPsjQzE
Yellow Ribbon offers reservists and their families a chance to learn, reconnect, and discover ways to combat the st… https://t.co/EU6tctcKyT
Great event open to reservists and their spouses https://t.co/1ZYAuFkIR0
This week, our #F35 pilots will conduct night-flying training, which is required to remain combat-ready. Night miss… https://t.co/zurqmnkQfd
Reminder for Suicide Prevention Month: the 419th has resources for mental, physical, and spiritual health. #BeTherehttps://t.co/9Hxl0ypSVp
RT @DeptofDefense: Today, we remember and honor those Americans who were prisoners of war and those who served and never returned home. #PO
Happy 72nd birthday, @usairforce! We’re not quite as old, but the Air Force Reserve unit here @HAFB dates back to 1… https://t.co/ZkIpUSs39E
RT @usairforce: #USAF is heading into the #WildBlueYonder, making our wish a reality. Faster. Lethal. Ready. #THISIS72 #HBDUSAF https://t.c…
Each of our Airmen has sworn or affirmed to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all e… https://t.co/R4kUdt6RBf
RT @theF35JPO: #TBT: @HAFB's F-35As completed their first operational air-to-ground weapons evaluation during Combat Hammer in 2017. The e…
Retirement planning can be tricky, but there are resources to help https://t.co/A4BGedKDKN
RT @AirmanMagazine: Coalition Forces used 80,000 lbs of munitions to deny Daesh fighters the ability to hide on Qanus Island. @USAFCENT F-3…