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  • First group of Airmen from Hill’s 34th Fighter Squadron return home

    Today, the first wave of Airmen from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings returned home following a six-month deployment to the Middle East. The 34th Fighter Squadron’s deployment, which started in November, 2019, was first F-35 Immediate Response Force deployment as well as the second F-35A Lightning II combat deployment. The Airmen supported the United States Air Force Central Command Mission in the region.
  • Hill fighter wings night-flying this week

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings will conduct local night-flying operations through April 18.Local residents will notice increased activity during the evening hours as pilots continue to sharpen their night-time combat flying skills.Night operations are limited to what is required for Airmen to
  • Hill fighter wings continue flying operations amid COVID-19 crisis

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing are continuing to train and fly the F-35A Lightning II here despite the current global Coronavirus outbreak.There has been one confirmed case on Hill AFB.As cases continue to spread in America and more and more local and national guidelines and
  • Commanders of ACC, AFRC visit Hill AFB to celebrate F-35 success

    Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of the Air Force Reserve, paid a visit to the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing to help commemorate a key milestone in F-35A Lightning II operations here.
  • Weapons load competition brings out the best

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Airmen from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings participated in the Load Crew of the Year competition Feb. 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The load crew competition requires teams of three Airmen to load weapons onto a F-35A Lightning II as quickly and accurately as possible within a 37.5 minute
  • Unique F-35A program, maintainers progress during Red Flag 20-1

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada – Hundreds of Airmen from Hill’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wing are deployed here with the 421st Fighter Squadron for Red Flag, the Air Force’s premier large force combat exercise.  This is the first Red Flag for the 421st Fighter Squadron as an F-35A Lightning II unit. They received their final aircraft in December
  • F-35A standup complete at Hill’s 388th, 419th Fighter Wings

    A little more than four years after receiving their first combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft, Hill’s Fighter wings have achieved full warfighting capability. The term describes a set of focus areas within the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings: fully trained pilots and maintainers, a full complement of 78 aircraft and the mission and support equipment needed to fly.
  • Hill's fighter wings conduct F-35A combat power exercise

    The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW conducted a combat power exercise here Jan. 6, launching 52 F-35A Lightning IIs in rapid succession.
  • Hill Airmen return from 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.
  • Maintainers help the F-35A remain a ‘stealthy beast’

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- How do you make a 51-foot long, 35-foot wide fighter jet, with an engine that generates 43,000 pounds of thrust, vanish? You don’t. There’s no black magic that exists to make something that big disappear.The F-35A Lightning II isn’t invisible, but it does have a “cloak,” which makes it very difficult to detect, track,
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