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  • 419th Fighter Wing honors outstanding Airmen, citizens

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – For the second year, the 419th Fighter Wing virtually hosted its annual Outstanding Airman of the Year ceremony here Feb. 6, 2022. The ceremony honors the wing’s top performing Airmen and civilians of 2021. Winners were announced in the following categories:Airman of the

  • In History: 419th CES helps rebuild Honduran village

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – With F-35 fighter jets flying over Utah skies daily, locals have come to know the 419th Fighter Wing primarily for its combat mission. But since the unit activated in 1955, Air Force reservists here have also deployed countless times in support of humanitarian missions.In

  • In Focus: Staff Sgt. Vincent Diaz

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Staff Sgt. Vincent Diaz, a crew chief with the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, initially joined the Air Force to help pay for his education. Once he arrived, he found meaning in his work as a crew chief, which led to him to change course and become an air reserve

  • 419th reservist, local police officer rescues veteran from house fire

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – While many were still sleeping in their homes, thick plumes of smoke began rising into the air Jan. 3 in Cedar City, Utah. The smoke caught the attention of U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Patrick McCoy, an officer with the Cedar City Police Department, who was on duty that

  • Hand-painting and high-tech stealth for F-35A

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – How do you make a 51-foot-long, 35-foot-wide fighter jet undetectable? There's no black magic that exists to make the F-35A Lightning II invisible, but it does have masking features which make it challenging to detect, track or target by radar with missiles or by an enemy

  • 2021: A Year in Review

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – For reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing, the year flew by much like the F-35 – lightning fast.The wing began the New Year by tackling the previous year’s biggest challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic. January’s drill saw the first vaccinations for front-line reservists such

  • Airmen brave winter storm to bring gifts to foster families

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Known as the “Santa Brigade,” Reserve and active-duty Airmen from across Hill AFB braved snowy roads Dec. 15 to hand-deliver Christmas presents to Utah children in foster care.Each year, roughly 90 Airmen from the 419th Fighter Wing, 388th Fighter Wing, 649th Munitions

  • The right gear for the mission

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – To respond to real-world threats and remain ready to deploy, reservists here are required to participate in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear training, better known as CBRN.This training would be impossible without the proper equipment, which is where the

  • In Focus: Senior Airman Quishauwn Gaines

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – “I’m a musician,” said Senior Airman Quishauwn Gaines. “I play the piano, guitar, and I love to sing.”While in high school, Gaines learned to play by ear and expanded his musical talent by teaching himself the piano and most recently, the guitar.“I can listen to the music