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  • 9,000th F-35 maintainer headed to 419 FW

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Airman 1st Class Benjamin Missel graduated as the 9,000th F-35 maintainer from the training program here March 13.Following graduation, Missel reported to Luke AFB, Arizona, for follow-on training. Missel is an Air Force reservist assigned to the 419th Fighter Wing

  • During pandemic, AFE continues to ensure safety

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – While the country adjusts to various changes due to COVID-19 prevention efforts, including social distancing and working from home, the F-35 mission continues at Hill to maintain national security.Behind the scenes of every flight, reservists in the 419th Operations

  • Hill fighter wings night-flying this week

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings will conduct local night-flying operations through April 18.Local residents will notice increased activity during the evening hours as pilots continue to sharpen their night-time combat flying skills.Night operations

  • New leader takes command of 466 FS Diamondbacks

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Lt. Col. Bart “Face” Wilbanks took command of the 466th Fighter Squadron “Diamondbacks” from Col. Benjamin “Marsa” Harrison here April 5 during the wing’s monthly Unit Training Assembly weekend.The squadron, and 419th FW as a whole, are operating with scaled back manning

  • 419th holds scaled-down UTA to preserve combat readiness

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – On a typical unit training assembly weekend, better known as a UTA, nearly 1,300 reservists assigned to the 419th Fighter Wing gather here to train in a diverse range of specialties. From F-35 operations and maintenance to civil engineering, medical and more, the

  • 419th Fighter Wing hosts F-35 virtual field trip

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – With closures at schools across the nation due to COVID-19, the 419th Fighter Wing invited students to use their computers or cellphones to “visit” here for a virtual field trip today to see the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-35 Lightning II.Col. Brian Silkey, the

  • Hill fighter wings continue flying operations amid COVID-19 crisis

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing are continuing to train and fly the F-35A Lightning II here despite the current global Coronavirus outbreak.There has been one confirmed case on Hill AFB, but none in the fighter wings. As cases continue

  • F-35 flying, maintenance continue at Hill AFB

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 419th Fighter Wing is still carrying out F-35 flying and maintenance operation alongside its active duty 388th FW counterparts to ensure combat readiness. Pilots and maintainers are practicing social distancing and conducting routine and thorough cleaning of shared

  • Wing hosts local, national community leaders

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Col. Brian Silkey, 419th Fighter Wing vice commander, explains the F-35A Lightning II to a group of local and national community leaders here March 3. The Defense Orientation Conference Association, a nonprofit that aims to educate leaders on defense and national security