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Two U.S. Air Force F-35s fly over Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and the surrounding area Hill fighter wings host fifth-gen summit
About 30 senior leaders from fifth-generation F-22 and F-35 units across the Air Force have come together at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for a summit hosted by the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings March 27-29.
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2018
Vice President Michael Pence Addresses Troops at Yokota Hill Airmen support vice president’s visit to Japan
Vice President Michael R. Pence addressed nearly two thousand U.S. service members – including Airmen from Hill Air Force Base – and members of the Japan Air Self Defense Force earlier this month.
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2018
Senior Airman Devon Charmichael, a Low-Observable technician, prepares to launch an F-35A Jan 31, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Launching aircraft is historically done by the crew chief, but 388th FW maintainers participating in the Blended Operational Lightning Technicians, or BOLTs, program are learning other maintainer responsibilities in an
effort to create a smaller maintenance footprint. (U.S. Air Force photo) Hill maintainers learning additional F-35A specialties in streamlining initiative
Hill maintainers are on a yearlong journey to be F-35A BOLTs, or Blended Operational Lightning Technicians, in the job specialty of crew chief, fuels, avionics, egress, weapons and low observable (stealth).
0 2/23
2018
Hill Maintenance TSP Hill F-35A maintainers passing the Pacific TSP test
Five weeks into the first F-35A Pacific Theater Security Package deployment the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit team is at full stride. Maintainers in the Pacific location and in Utah, home of the 34th AMU under the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings are coming together to make the first TSP a success and to fulfill lofty expectations of themselves and of the Air Force’s newest stealth fighter. “Everyone associated with the 34th Fighter Squadron and AMU alike, make a really great team, and that’s good because we have a lot to accomplish while we’re here,” said Capt. Christina Merritt, 34th Expeditionary Maintenance Unit officer in charge. “I’m so happy to be here. We’re showing the world what we’re made of and what the F-35A can do.”
0 12/08
2017
F-35 AT Kadena Hill’s F-35A and airmen mastering first Pacific deployment
More than 300 men and women of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings and 12 F-35As are conducting business for the next six months on the subtropical Japanese island of Okinawa during a deployment known as a Theater Security Package. Their business is to fly the F-35A, integrate with Kadena Air Base’s F-15Cs and other assets and demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region—and they’re excited to do it. “We were very excited to find out we were coming here,” said Lt. Col. “Scout” Johnston, 34th Fighter Squadron commander. “It’s a wonderful place with wonderful people and the facilities are excellent. The airspace is phenomenal. This allows us to have great training opportunities and integration with other Air Force assets as well as with the Navy and Marine Corps and hopefully with the Japanese Self-defense force. So, we are excited to be here.”
0 11/19
2017
First F-35A arrives for the 4th FS/AMU Hill’s 4th FS/AMU receives first F-35A
Hundreds cheered the historic arrival of the 4th Fighter Squadron’s and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s first F-35A as tail number 5133 landed on base Wednesday and taxied into Hotel Row. It was a big event as Staff Sgt. Timothy Ericksen, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief for Hill’s newest Lightning II, directed Lt. Col. Yosef Morris, 4th Fighter Squadron commander, to the designated parking spot. “It's an absolute honor to brining this aircraft home,” Morris said. “We have hundreds of maintainers, pilots and support personnel who have been working diligently to transit on the 4th AMU and the 4th FS to F-35 operations. I'm incredibly excited to be a part of giving that transition its first tangible asset as we all build the next operation F-35 unit together.”
0 9/28
2017
F-35As fly in weapons evaluation Hill, Robins to provide F-35 software sustainment
Hill has earned another big piece in the future of sustaining the F-35, America’s newest fighter jet. The base already provides depot level modifications and maintenance on the Air Force’s entire F-35 fleet. Now, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex’s 309th Software Maintenance Group will be part of an Air Force and Navy team that provides organic software support for the F-35.
0 8/15
2017
An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performs a flight demonstration for an audience at the Paris Air Show June 19, 2017 at Le Bourget, France. Held every year, the Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. government security policy and strategic defense objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) Airpower on display at Paris Air Show
U.S. aircraft and Department of Defense personnel are on display at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, June 19-25.
0 6/19
2017
388th Maintenance Group Loading Standardization Crew Member Master Sgt. Jeffrey Taggart reads technical data during a validation and verification process of an ammuntion bulk loader used to load cannon rounds onto the F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) Fighter wings successfully field test F-35A ammunition loader
The 388th Fighter Wing, the Air Force’s first F-35 operational wing, recently received five F-35A bulk ammunition loaders for field use. Airmen extensively tested one of the loaders June 6-9 during an engineering validation and verification evaluation here. The mobile loader lets weapons experts safely and efficiently load 25mm ammunition into the F-35A while simultaneously unloading spent shells.
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2017
Col. David Lyons, 388th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his fini-fight June 6, 2017, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donovan K. Potter) Fighter wing commander bids farewell
A wing commander’s tour is generally two years. In that time the machinery of an Air Force wing can operate at a steady hum, marked with the sound of rapid gear changes and acceleration at regular intervals. The machinery is humming and gears have changed continually during Col. David Lyons’ tenure at the 388th Fighter Wing as he prepares to hand over command June 23.
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