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388th FW, 419th FW fly 10,000th F-35A sortie

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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Staff Sgt. Brian Morrissey, 34th Fighter Squadron crew chief, prepares to send off an F-35A Lightning II piloted by Maj. Daniel Toftness, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Staff Sgt. Brian Morrissey, 34th Fighter Squadron crew chief, prepares to send off an F-35A Lightning II piloted by Maj. Daniel Toftness, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Maj. Daniel Toftness, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, conducts a pre-flight check before 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Maj. Daniel Toftness, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, conducts a pre-flight check before 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

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 fighter squadrons with a total of 78 aircraft by the end of 2019. The active duty 388th FW and Air Force Reserve 419th FW will fly and maintain the jet in a Total Force partnership, which capitalizes on the strength of both components.