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  • F-35 wings test combat capability

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing participated in a rigorous training exercise this week aimed at testing their combat capability. Pilots and maintainers from the wings have been flying and generating roughly 80 sorties per day, some into

  • Hill AFB's fighter wings to conduct night flying during combat exercise

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Communities surrounding Hill Air Force Base will notice flying operations late into the evening Sept. 14-17 as the base’s fighter wings conduct a local combat exercise.The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will fly roughly 80 sorties per day,

  • In History: 419th becomes first Reserve unit to fly F-35A

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – In more recent history, this week marks five years since the Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power, when Hill AFB received the first two operational F-35As on Sept. 2, 2015.Hill's active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing were the first

  • 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

  • AFRC commander visits wing, celebrates F-35 success

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of the Air Force Reserve, paid a visit to the 419th Fighter Wing to help commemorate a key milestone in F-35A Lightning II operations here.Scobee joined Gen. Mike Holmes, Commander of Air Combat

  • Reservists compete in F-35 weapons load competition

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Reservists in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron faced tough competition as they vied for the title “Load Crew of the Year” during an F-35A weapons load event Feb. 7.Representing the 419th AMXS were Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Thorsted, Tech. Sgt. Elliot Berg, and Senior

  • Hill brings F-35 to Red Flag for third year

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – For the third year, pilots and maintainers from the 419th Fighter Wing are joining the active duty 388th FW to bring the F-35A to Red Flag 20-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.Red Flag is known as the Air Force’s premier combat training exercise. The three-week effort

  • Hill F-35 wings reach full warfighting capability

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Hill’s fighter wings have reached full warfighting capability, known as FWC, for the F-35A.The new designation occurred after a culmination of several events: receipt of the 78th and final F-35A aircraft in the fleet, amassing the full complement of necessary support

  • Hill's fighter wings conduct F-35A combat power exercise

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW conducted a combat power exercise here Jan. 6, launching 52 F-35A Lightning IIs in rapid succession.The fighter wings are home to 78 aircraft. As the Air Force’s only combat-capable F-35A units, the wings must be