Twenty-six dedicated crew chiefs from the 388th Fighter Wing were each assigned an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a ceremony Aug. 5, recognizing them as the maintenance experts on their respective aircraft assigned to the 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
The ceremony also paired each crew chief with a pilot assigned to the aircraft.
Maj. Abigail Ruscetta, 388th AMS commander, explained an aircraft dedicated crew chief's responsibilities.
Residents around Hill Air Force Base may have noticed an increase in aircraft arrivals as well as a diverse group of aircraft flying west to the Utah Test and Training Range April 29-May 13.
Four units deployed to Hill AFB and six units traveled directly to the UTTR to drop munitions in realistic combat scenarios for the Combat Hammer weapons system evaluation program. Nearly 120 precision-guided weapons were dropped, including laser-guided bombs, joint direct attack munitions and AGM-65 Maverick missiles.
Just over a month ago, the 388th Fighter Wing underwent a change of command as Col. Scott Long assumed command from Col. Scott Zobrist.
As a command pilot, Long has put in more than 2,800 flying hours and held various leadership positions including the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group commander at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Long took a few moments to answer some questions about himself, what his initial impression is of the wing, and what he expects of his time at Hill.
gMore than 200 Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing received a warm welcome home April 23 after a seven-month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Family and friends gathered in the hangar together and anxiously awaited their loved ones return, who had been gone since September to maintain security and stability in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
A dozen F-16s, their pilots and 36 maintainers returned home April 15 after a nearly seven month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Families gathered on the flightline to greet their loved ones from the 4th Fighter Squadron and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, who have been gone since September to maintain security and stability in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was the 388th's third successful Operation Enduring Freedom deployment since 2009.
The 388th Fighter Wing welcomed a new commander during a Change of Command ceremony April 7 at Hill Air Force Base.
Col. Scott "Chemo" Long assumed command of the nearly 2,000 personnel assigned to the 388th FW and will also be responsible for the operational direction of 500 Reserve maintainers and operators in the 419th Fighter Wing.