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  • Hill F-35s complete intensive weapons evaluation

    The 388th and 419th Fighter Wings recently completed two exercises over three weeks here known as Combat Hammer and Combat Archer from Aug. 6-24 as part of the Air Force’s annual Weapons System Evaluation Program.
  • 388th, 419th FWs proud of F-35A milestones

    Today marks two years since the Air Force declared Initial Operational Capability for the F-35A and the total force Airmen at Hill’s active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings have been hard at work developing and demonstrating combat capability.“We knew that when we achieved IOC two years ago, the hard work had just begun,” said Col.
  • Hill Airmen, aircraft progress together as F-35A program matures

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- Two years after the Air Force declared IOC for the F-35A, pilots and maintainers at Hill’s active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings are steadily erasing the word “initial” from in front of “operational capability.” Since the IOC announcement on Aug. 2, 2016, Airmen and the jet have grown together during
  • 419th earns Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The 419th Fighter Wing was recently named a recipient of the prestigious Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for its performance during a two-year window from January 2015 to December 2016.   During that time, the wing made history by becoming the first Air Force Reserve unit to transition to the F-35 Lightning II
  • New commander to lead 419th Operations Group

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The 419th Operations Group said farewell to Col. David Castaneda as he passed the flag to Col. Sean Carpenter during a change of command ceremony here March 23.   Carpenter comes to Hill from Robins AFB, Georgia, where he served as individual mobilization assistant to the director of safety at Air Force Reserve
  • Two commanders take final flight at Hill

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Two commanders from the 419th Fighter Wing took their final flights in the F-35 Lightning II here March 21.   Col. David Smith, 419th FW commander, and Col. David Castaneda, 419th Operations Group commander, landed to a small crowd of family, friends, and wing personnel Wednesday afternoon.   Smith has served
  • F-35 maintainers to be featured in AF Reserve ads

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- A team from Fast Forward Productions out of Salt Lake City films maintainers from the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in front of an F-35A here March 4, 2018. The production team was contracted by Air Force Reserve Command to produce several advertisements and public service announcements aimed at recruiting new
  • 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.
  • Reserve recruiters seek Airmen leaving active duty

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Each year, roughly 200 Airmen at Hill AFB leave active duty at the end of their service commitment and one recruiter is charged with talking to each of them. Master Sgt. Chris Brown has been the in-service recruiter here for the past year. His job is to encourage these officers and enlisted personnel to join the Air
  • 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.”
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