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  • 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

  • Behind the 466th Fighter Squadron lies a valuable ‘resource’

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Pilots may often be considered the face of the Air Force, but behind them is a powerhouse that ensures they are always ready to fly.The Reserve 466th Fighter Squadron’s aviation resource management team is crucial to the success of the flying mission at Hill. The team of

  • In Focus: Airman 1st Class Ethan Wilson

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Like many Airmen, having a veteran in the family inspired Airman 1st Class Ethan Wilson to join the Air Force Reserve.“My grandpa told me how he served in the Reserve after active duty, and it made me want to do the same thing,” Wilson said. “The Reserve is a good fit