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  • 2019: Year in Review

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – As 2019 comes to a close, the 419th Fighter Wing is looking back on key milestones of the F-35 Lightning II program and other news that showcased how Air Force Reserve personnel assigned here are accomplishing the mission.In January, the wing welcomed then Secretary of

  • Hill AFB fighter wings begin night flying

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings will conduct local night flying operations Nov. 12-22.While most flying will end by 10:30 p.m., some flights will be later than normal.Local residents will notice increased activity during the evening hours as pilots

  • Hill fighter wings to increase flying for combat exercise

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Communities surrounding Hill Air Force Base will notice increased flying Sept. 9-12 as the base’s fighter wings conduct a large combat exercise.The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will fly roughly 80 sorties per day, 20 more than on a normal

  • F-35s arrive in Lithuania as Operation Rapid Forge continues

    F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings arrived at Siauilai Air Base, Lithuania, today as part of Operation Rapid Forge, along with F-15E Strike Eagles and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. Rapid Forge is a U.S. Air Forces in Europe-sponsored training event designed to

  • Hill’s fighter wings demonstrate global reach with F-35A

    SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- From Europe to the Middle East and the high desert of Idaho, the Air Force’s first combat-coded F-35A Lightning II squadrons demonstrated their global reach this week.In a seven-day span, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter

  • Hill Airmen bring fifth-gen capabilities to Europe

    AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Airmen deployed from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently wrapped up the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II's first participation in a large European air-and-missile defense exercise.The focus of the multi-national

  • Reservist flies Hill's 10,000th F-35A sortie

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Maj. Daniel Toftness, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, departs for a sortie in an F-35A Lightning II Oct. 18, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The flight marked the 10,000th sortie with the aircraft at Hill since the first operational F-35s arrived in September

  • Fighter wings train to load, fire F-35A cannon

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wings were the first operational units to load and fire the F-35A’s cannon during training Aug. 13, and what they learned will influence how they train and fight.Loading and firing the cannon was one of the few capabilities the