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  • Hill F-35 wings complete three weeks of training in Alaska

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Airmen from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing returned Saturday after three weeks of training in Alaska, including Red Flag 20-3 at Eielson Air Force Base.Red Flag is a large force combat exercise that takes place several times each year at both Eielson and Nellis AFB, Nev.,
  • 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,
  • 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
  • Idaho deployment to push F-35 limits

    Seven F-35A aircraft and 160 personnel from Hill Air Force Base will depart this week for rigorous operational testing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, through June 17. This marks the first time Hill's operational F-35s will travel out of state for training.The F-35A pilots and maintainers from Hill's active duty 388th Fighter Wing and
  • Hill F-35s form up for combat training

      F-35 pilots here began flying routine four-ship combat training missions at the Utah Test and Training range in the west desert this week. Active duty and Reserve pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings will use the jet’s intricate computer network to evade a series of simulated threats. They’ll also work together to detect and jam enemy
  • Reservist talks ‘maintainer’s dream’

    Staff Sgt. Aaron Ramirez, 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is an aircraft armament systems team chief, better known as a weapons loader. At 25, he’s wrapping up a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, raising a family, and working on the Air Force’s newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II. I recently talked to Ramirez about his role in the
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