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  • Reserve Fighter Squadron accelerates training in Red Flag 19-3

    In order to provide a realistic training environment of air-to-air combat for allied and coalition forces, some pilots take up the role of being the “enemy”. The 64th Aggressors Squadron acts as professional adversaries for Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
  • Largest off-station F-35A operation to date

    MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Since May 30, Air Force reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing have been working alongside the active duty 388th FW at Mountain Home in what has been the largest off-station F-35A Lightning II operation to date.The Airmen from Hill AFB are functioning as a detachment with about 300 Airmen in operations,
  • Last of F-16 fleet at Hill goes through phase

    As the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings transition from the F-16 Fighting Falcon to the F-35A Lightning II, milestones occur frequently. Another milestone is currently underway; the 388th Maintenance Squadron is performing its final phase inspection on an F-16 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
  • Deployed family members reunite for birth of child

    After four months in Afghanistan working as an aircraft armament systems technician, Staff Sgt. Jeff A. Parrish Jr. was looking forward to some well-earned rest and relaxation with his wife before the birth of their daughter.Rest and relaxation was far from reality; however, as the first-time father high tailed it home a few days ahead of his team
  • Hill Airmen generate 3,000th F-35A sortie, adopt upgraded ALIS

    Recently, the F-35A Lighting II, departed Hill Air Force Base for the 3,000th sortie generated by maintainers from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and reserve 419th Fighter Wing.That sortie, and all others flown that day was carried out with the new version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System. Commonly called ALIS, it’s the F-35A’s
  • Mass training prepares tankers for expedited takeoff

    The 940th Maintenance and Operations Groups participated in generation training with four KC-135 Stratotankers here Feb. 10.This was the first mass practice since the return of the refueling mission last year and served as preparation for upcoming exercises and inspections. “We have to practice to be ready,” said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel McCarthy,
  • Red Flag proves ‘intense’ for F-35A pilots

    Red Flag 17-1 is living up to its reputation as a grueling and rigorous test of fighter pilot skills, according to Hill Air Force Base F-35A pilots participating in the premier air-to-air combat exercise here Jan. 23 to Feb. 10.
  • Reservists take on ‘enemy’ at F-35A Red Flag debut

    Nine Air Force Reserve F-35A pilots and 16 maintainers from the 419th Fighter Wing are taking on the world’s greatest aggressor fleet during Red Flag 17-1 held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.    The reservists joined about 200 personnel and 13 F-35A Lightning IIs from the active duty 388th FW to debut the Air Force’s newest fighter jet at the
  • Maintenance crews swap out rescue choppers for combat ops

    Combat is hard on the body; it’s especially hard on the body of military choppers flown over Afghanistan’s jagged mountains and through its never-ending dust. To ensure the flying safety of Air Force choppers used to save lives in combat, maintenance crews from the 920th Rescue Wing swap out an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter for reconditioning.
  • Honorary commanders get first-hand look at Reserve aircraft maintenance

    Ten 433rd Airlift Wing honorary commanders received an in-depth tour of the 433rd Maintenance Group here Sept. 17 where they were greeted by Col. Gretchen Wiltse, 433rd Maintenance Group commander and host for the day.
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