Staff Sgt. Bryan Jernigan, a dedicated crew chief assigned to the 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, reveals the name on an F-35A aircraft of the 34th Fighter Squadron's new commander, Lt. Col. George R. Watkins, during the squadron’s activation ceremony July 17 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The 34th will be the first combat squadron to fly the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-35A. The squadron has an extremely rich history. After many contributions in major U.S. conflicts, the 34th was relocated to Hill AFB on Dec. 8, 1975, where they became the first fighter squadron to receive the F-16 fighter aircraft. The squadron’s first F-35A will arrive in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd/Released)

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