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Hill fighter wings host fifth-gen summit

Two U.S. Air Force F-35s fly over Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and the surrounding area

Two U.S. Air Force F-35s fly over Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and the surrounding area Feb. 14, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah --

About 30 senior leaders from fifth-generation F-22 and F-35 units across the Air Force will converge here for a summit hosted by the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, March 27-29.

 

During the event, the group will tour key F-35 facilities and discuss challenges and benchmarks within the fifth-gen community.

 

“Ultimately, the goal is that we learn from each other and work collectively to forge the Air Force's fifth-gen airpower legacy,” said Col. David Smith, 419 FW commander.

 

Hill's fighter wings received the F-35A in September 2015 and will be home to three fighter squadrons with a total of 78 aircraft by the end of 2019. The active duty 388th FW and Citizen Airmen from the Air Force Reserve's 419th FW fly and maintain the jets in a Total Force partnership, which capitalizes on the strength of both components.