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  • Largest off-station F-35A operation to date

    Since May 30, the 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron has been flying out of Mountain Home in what has been the largest off-station F-35A Lightning II operation to date. The squadron, normally stationed at Hill AFB, Utah, is functioning as a detachment with about 300 Airmen in operations, support and maintenance.
  • Hill’s fighter wings demonstrate global reach with F-35A

    In a seven-day span, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings have been on the ground in nine different countries on three different continents and met every tasking asked of them by the Air Force.
  • AWACS Control System Combined Test Force leads 2019 Astral Knight exercise

    Tinker’s E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System Combined Test Force will play a major role in an overseas exercise that promotes readiness for any possible threat. The Astral Knight joint exercise, which started earlier this month, will involve Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors from the United States, as well as service members from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia.
  • Hill F-35As arrive at Spangdahlem

    The U.S. Air Force has deployed one squadron of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft, Airmen, and associated equipment to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, at Hill AFB, Utah, to participate in exercises and conduct training with other Europe-based aircraft as part of a Theater Security Package. Funded through the European Deterrence Initiative, the TSP provides a more robust U.S. military rotational presence in the European theater capable of deterring adversaries and assuring partners and allies of U.S. commitment to regional security.
  • US, UAE fly to build interoperability

    United Arab Emirates Air Force Mirage 2000, a UAE F-16 Desert Falcon and a U.S. F-35A Lightning II fly a partnering flight in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, May 29, 2019. The flight was conducted to continue building military-to-military relationships and interoperability with the UAE. The F-35s are in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility as part of the standard rotational forces protecting U.S. forces and interests in the region. The flights were supported by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron out of Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
  • CSAF helps honor rescue community

    More than 400 members of the rescue community gathered to commemorate the 50th, and final, Jolly Green Association (JGA) reunion, May 2-4, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The three-day event brought past and present ‘Jolly Greens’ together to celebrate their heritage, reminisce about past missions and to present the JGA’s final Rescue Mission of the Year award to crews from the 41st Rescue Squadron (RQS) and 48th RQS.
  • Program Reflections: As F-35 production grows, DCMA takes aim at DoD goals

    The 2019 INSIGHT Magazine covers the many ways DCMA supports America's National Defense Strategy. This article highlights the agency’s work with the F-35 program. F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter production is about to reach new heights. Low rate initial production 11, or LRIP 11, calls for 141 F-35 aircraft, which is a 67 percent increase from LRIP 10. While production numbers climb, costs continue to fall, as this production run marks the program’s lowest price per aircraft to date.
  • Aircrew Airmen arrive for Checkered Flag 19-1

    The 325th Fighter Wing kicked off the first day of a two week-long Checkered Flag exercise at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 6, 2019.
  • Operation Restore Paradise enhances readiness through adaptive basing

    Airmen deploy all the time, leaving their work centers behind. But what if the Airman stayed and their work centers deployed? The Air Force has two deployable Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories (PMEL) called a Rapid Assistance Support for Calibration (RASCAL) unit. And Mountain Home Air Force Base is trusted with one of them.
  • Depot Liaison Engineer – Why the middle man?

    The 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Group hosts one of only five Depot Liaison Engineer (DLE) positions within the Air Force Central Command area of responsibility. “I have a pretty boring job if there are no aircraft broken – which is fine, we accept that.” said 1st Lt. M. Rebecca Kretzer, sustainment engineer and AFCENT DLE.
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