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  • Commentary: Personal growth and lessons from a bonsai

    “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”  -- Zig ZiglarI came across an online ad for bonsai trees. Have you ever seen a bonsai tree? You know, they look like little replicas of big trees. I’d seen them before but never really gave much thought to why they’re so
  • For third time, Hill AFB fighter wings deploy F-35As to Middle East

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- For the third time in approximately 12 months, Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings here deployed F-35A Lighting IIs into combat.The 421st Fighter Squadron departed Hill AFB recently for Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, to support the United States Air Force Central Command mission in the region. “The
  • Hill fighter wings receive final F-35A Lightning II

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Hill’s fighter wings received their final F-35A Lightning II Dec. 17. The delivery brings the total number of aircraft at Hill to 78.“This is a great milestone,” said Col. Steven Behmer, 388th Fighter Wing commander. “It marks the end of the beginning for us. Since receiving our first aircraft, our Airmen, alongside the
  • Reserve recruiter brings active duty experience to 419th

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – As the 419th Fighter Wing continues to capture talent and experience from Airmen leaving active duty, Tech. Sgt. Casey George steps in as the Air Force Reserve unit’s new in-service recruiter here.“Airmen who transition into the Reserve bring a wealth of experience and knowledge,” George said. “As a recruiter, I work
  • Hill F-35A units assist in F-16 fighter training

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Brand new F-16 pilots received a unique training experience here with the help of the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings and the F-35A Lightning II.For the last two weeks, F-16 basic course students and instructor pilots from the 311th Fighter Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, have been
  • Hill Airmen depart for F-35A’s first Middle East deployment

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – F-35A pilots, maintainers, and support personnel from the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th Fighter Wing deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates last week – the first Middle East deployment for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II.The group is made up of personnel from the
  • 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 2015.Hill AFB is slated to be home to three F-35
  • Hill Airmen support vice president’s visit to Japan

    Vice President Michael R. Pence addressed nearly two thousand U.S. service members – including Airmen from Hill Air Force Base – and members of the Japan Air Self Defense Force earlier this month.
  • Hill generates 3,000th F-35 sortie, adopts upgraded ALIS

    Maintainers from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing recently generated the 3,000th F-35A sortie.That sortie, and all others flown that day, was carried out with the new version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System. ALIS is the F-35A’s information technology infrastructure.The 3,000th sortie departed May 22
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