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  • 419th firefighters test rescue skills in blazing jet

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Reserve firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron participated in an aircraft live-fire burn here Sept. 12, 2021, entering into a blaze to rescue three unaccounted for passengers.“It’s extremely important to have training like this,” said Tech. Sgt. Jordan

  • 419th Maintenance Group welcomes new commander

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 419th Maintenance Group welcomed Col. Aaron Milner as he assumed command during a ceremony here Sept. 12, 2021.Milner joined the Air Force in 2000, serving as an active-duty maintenance officer before switching to the Reserve in 2008. Prior to joining the 419th,

  • Video: New 419th FW command chief talks priorities

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Chief Master Sgt. Heather Richins introduced herself and talked about her vision and priorities as the 419th Fighter Wing's new command chief.Watch the video on the 419th DVIDS page or YouTube channel. 

  • 466th Fighter Squadron welcomes new commander

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Lt. Col. Shad Stromberg assumed command of the 466th Fighter Squadron from Lt. Col. Bart Wilbanks here July 11.Stromberg enlisted in the 419th Medical Squadron as an aerospace medical technician in December 1996. He graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor’s

  • Hill fighter wings to fly F-35s over Utah July 3

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – A 33-year holiday tradition lives on as pilots from the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active-duty 388th Fighter Wing perform flyovers for 12 cities across Utah this Fourth of July weekend.Spectators may catch a glimpse of four F-35A Lightning II jets in

  • Reservist named Utah’s Company Grade Officer of the Year

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – A reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing was named Company Grade Officer of the Year for the State of Utah on May 15.Capt. Mark Tappendorf was presented a trophy by Gov. Spencer Cox during Utah’s Servicemember of the Year awards, which took place in conjunction with the

  • Fighter wings host county employees from across Utah

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th Fighter Wing hosted a group of commissioners and other county employees from across Utah on May 11. During the visit, the group got an up-close look at the F-35. Leaders from both wings highlighted the jet’s

  • Utah reservists critical to mission at Hill AFB

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Senior Airman Thomas Rich, a crew chief in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, signals to an F-35A Lightning II pilot during launch procedures here April 10.The 419th Fighter Wing’s unit training assembly, or UTA weekend, is a monthly drill where nearly 1,300 Air

  • Reserve fighter pilot reaches 1,000 hours in F-35

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — A pilot in the 419th Fighter Wing became the Air Force Reserve’s first operational F-35 pilot to reach 1,000 flying hours in the Air Force's newest fighter jet here today. Maj. Daniel “Mental” Toftness joined the Reserve in August 2018 after 12 years on active duty. He

  • Wing leaders volunteer at Hillcrest Dining Facility

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Senior leadership from the 419th Fighter Wing volunteered to help cook and serve lunch to reservists at the Hillcrest Dining Facility during drill weekend Feb. 6.“We try to visit a different unit every drill weekend,” said Col. Matthew Fritz, 419th FW commander. “We want