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  • PHOTOS: 388th FW fires F-35A cannon for first time

    Pilots from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron were the first operational unit to fire the F-35A’s 25 mm cannon in a strafing run during training. The two-ship formation fired on two sets of ground targets on the Utah Test and Training range Aug. 13. Loading and firing the cannon was one of the few capabilities Airmen in the 388th and 419th FWs had yet to demonstrate. The F-35A’s internal cannon allows the aircraft to maintain stealth against air adversaries as well as fire more accurately on ground targets, giving pilots more tactical flexibility.
  • PHOTOS: 388th, 419th FWs load F-35A cannon

    Maintenance Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, accomplish the first-time operational loading of 25 mm target rounds in an F-35A Lightning II, Aug. 10, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The F-35A is the only F-35 variant with an internal cannon. It is capable of firing 50 rounds per second. The load on the F-35A’s internal cannon was for operational training sortie on Aug. 10, 2018.
  • 51.12 percent selection rate confirmed for 18E5 promotion cycle

    Air Force officials have selected 15,669 senior airmen for promotion to staff sergeant out of 30,651 eligible for a selection rate of 51.12 percent.
  • 388th Fighter Wing standing up final F-35A aircraft maintenance unit

    Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing recently began standing up the last of its aircraft maintenance units, a big step toward receiving the full complement of F-35A Lightning IIs by the end of 2019. The 421st AMU, which will support the 421st Fighter Squadron, is preparing to receive its first aircraft in December. The unit is filling out the roster with new Airmen and training on four jets loaned from other 388th FW units.
  • Honoring our roots: Offutt family returns

    On Aug. 13, 2018, one hundred years, to the day of his passing, generations of Lt. Jarvis Offutt decedents gathered around his grave, white roses in hand. In their company were members of the 55th Wing, who call Offutt Air Force Base home, members of the Royal Air Force 56 Squadron, the unit Lt. Offutt perished serving, and many others who wished to share in honoring his legacy. At the culmination of a wreath laying ceremony by allied countries, 56 Squadron Leader David Hockley, took a minute to recite a stanza from Laurence Binyon’s poem, “For the Fallen.”
  • What it means to serve

    Across the Department of Defense, military members dedicate themselves to protecting the United States and the American way of life through voluntary service. Just as individual Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Sailors joined the military for different reasons and support their branches in diverse ways, each has a unique way of defining what it means to serve based on their experiences. For some 20th Fighter Wing Airmen, this is what it means to serve.
  • AFCYBER leader boasts mission at conference

    The CyberTexas Conference was recently held in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 14, 2018. The conference was hosted to develop the next generation of cyber professionals. Mr. Robert Cole, Air Forces Cyber executive director, was a guest speaker.
  • Defeat-ISIS Forces Make Progress, Require Continued Coalition Support

    Ongoing security operations by coalition forces continue to protect Iraqi and Syrian citizens, but the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is far from over, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.
  • Colombian Air Force steps up participation in Red Flag exercise

    The Colombian Air Force made history while participating in the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise, Red Flag 18-3, July 16 to August 3. “In the last six years they’ve [the Colombian Air Force] made significant modifications to their aircraft hardware and software that has allowed them to have greater capabilities and to participate with greater interoperability,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Carlos Nivia, U.S. Embassy in Colombia director of operations for U.S. Air Force. “For a Colombian pilot it’s an honor to be the leader of the tactical portion of U.S. assets,” Figueroa said. “It was a great opportunity.” U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert G. Novotny, 57th Wing commander, and Maj. Gen. Peter E. Gersten, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, expressed throughout the exercise how the training they received at Red Flag exercises in their careers had aided them in real air-to-air combat war missions and possibly even saved their lives.
  • Total Force Integration: 9th LRS, 940th reservist fuels Beale

    The 9th Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) flight works to ensure the mission at Beale maintains a steady rate. The 9th LRS POL runs 24-hour operations to ensure the 9th Reconnaissance Wing's inventory of U-2 Dragon Ladies, RQ-4 Global Hawks and T-38 Talons receive fuel needed to execute the mission. In addition, they support the 940th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135s Stratotanker.
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