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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 the nighttime hours.“Conducting an exercise during
  • 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, with some lasting until 1 a.m. The flying schedule
  • 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 combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air
  • 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 once-monthly UTA is a staple in the life of an Air Force
  • 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 wing’s vice commander and longtime fighter pilot,
  • 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 Command, during a ceremony Feb. 20 that marked the 388th
  • 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 Airman Caelin Runyon, who came out on top during the
  • 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 tests air-to-air, air-to-ground, and space and cyber
  • 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 equipment, and reaching a cadre of fully trained
  • 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 prepared to launch any number of aircraft to support
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