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  • Hill fighter wings receive final F-35A Lightning II

    The 388th Fighter Wing here received its final F-35A Lightning II Dec. 17. The delivery brings the total number of aircraft at Hill to 78. The first operational F-35As arrived at Hill in Sept. 2015. Since then, the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings have flown more than 17,500 sorties and more than 33,000 flying hours.
  • 4th Fighter Squadron returns to Hill after first F-35A combat deployment

    Last week, Airmen from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings returned home following a six-month deployment to Al-Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The 4th Fighter Squadron’s deployment, which started in April, was the first F-35A Lightning II combat deployment. The Airmen supported the United States Air Force Central Command Mission in the region.
  • Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing hosts Utah Make-A-Wish families

    Four children and their families from Make-A-Wish Utah visited the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base and earned their wings during a "Pilot for a Day" program here Oct. 18. Make-A-Wish grants the life-changing wishes of children battling a critical illness.
  • Coalition partners participate in UAE's large force exercise

    The coalition of U.S., French and Emirati Air Force’s collaborated in a two-day large force exercise beginning on Aug. 27 in United Arab Emirates. The UAE Air Warfare Center kicked off the exercise by forming two opposing teams, Red and Blue, who began planning the mission which would be followed through the next day.
  • F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team moves to Hill AFB for 2020 airshow season

    The Air Force’s only F-35A Demonstration Team will be reassigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, beginning with the 2020 airshow season. The single-ship aerial demonstration team will display the capabilities of the F-35A at approximately 20 performances starting in March 2020 and running through November.
  • PHOTOS: Hill F-35A sunset launch

    The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings from Hill Air Force Base conducted local night flying operations this week. The wings are required to train at night to maintain their readiness and all-weather capabilities. Increased flying also provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate the F-35A Lightning II aircraft's maintenance resiliency and operational agility.
  • Keep on truckin': F-35 pilot requalifies to refuel aircraft

    Several F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrived here as part of a Theater Security Package. For one pilot, the Spangdahlem flightline was familiar territory. U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Slotten, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A pilot, who was stationed here in 2004 as an Airman first class fuels distributor operator, visited his old unit and became requalified to refuel aircraft July 11.
  • Rapid Forge begins at Spangdahlem Air Base

    U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle's, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, and U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah take off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 16, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. Participation in multinational exercises and operations enhances professional relationships and coordination with allies. The goal of the operation is to enhance readiness in coordination with U.S. allies and partners in Europe.
  • 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.
  • Exercise Point Blank fires on all cylinders

    The 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, refueled several F-35A Lightning IIs, assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, in support of Exercise Point Blank, over the North Sea, June 27, 2019. Point Blank is an exercise focused on fourth and fifth-generation aircraft integration. It is important to integrate fourth and fifth-generation aircraft capabilities within the European theater since our allies and partner nations within Europe are operating the F-35.
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