1. Newest fighter jet operations come to Hill AFB

January 2, 2014

Announcement of the first operational F-35 assignment was released Dec. 2. The news that Hill AFB had been selected as the home for the Air Force’s first operational F-35A Lightning IIs was released after a lengthy analysis of multiple locations’ operational considerations, installation attributes and economic and environmental factors.

First Dutch F-35 pilot takes to skies

December 26, 2013

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies Dec. 18, in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole fighter.
Maj. Laurens J.W. Vijge, the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35 Integrated Training Center training lead, completed his first flight after 210 hours of classroom training and 13 flights in the simulators.

Construction contracts awarded

December 26, 2013

Hill Air Force Base is adding flight simulators and ammunition bunkers after being chosen as an F-35 operational base.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has awarded nearly $6 million in contracts. One $4 million contract will renovate and expand a building that houses flight simulators for pilot training. Four F-35 simulators will be added. The construction work was awarded to Ogden’s Creative Times Inc. Another $2 million contract will build earth-covered bunkers for aircraft munitions. That job was won by Zumwalt Construction Inc. of Fresno, Calif.

Reflect, then look forward

December 26, 2013

This year has been one of many accomplishments and challenges for Hill Air Force Base. The Air Logistics Complex inducted the first F-35 aircraft for depot level maintenance; the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings received confirmation they will fly the first operational F-35 aircraft in the United States Air Force; Sunset Ridge Development Partners will begin construction this month on the next Falcon Hill Enhanced Use-Lease commercial project and the 75th Air Base Wing supported the deployment of hundreds of Airmen to support combatant commanders around the world.

Hill to get first operational F-35

December 5, 2013

Hill Air Force Base has been selected as the new home for the Air Force’s first operational F-35A Lightning IIs.
Air Force officials chose Hill AFB after a lengthy analysis of multiple locations’ operational considerations, installation attributes, economic, and environmental factors.

Hill's future is bright in unsettled times

September 26, 2013

With all the rhetoric in the news lately regarding the lack of a signed federal budget, the continuing resolution (CRA), sequestration, DoD furloughs, and another potential round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), I thought it was important for our readers to hear "the rest of the story." Though all of these subjects are very important and admittedly our nation faces serious fiscal challenges in the wake of shrinking budgets, the future for Hill Air Force Base and the Maintenance Complex is surprisingly bright.

Hill Air Force Base welcomes F-35 workload

September 26, 2013


"Can you feel hearts are beating pretty fast and pretty hard?" asked Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, to a hangar full of people awaiting the sight of the first F-35 Lightning II. "This truly is the start of something good," he said.

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Hill F-35 depot maintenance workload arrives

September 19, 2013

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander, Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr., will host an F-35A Lightning II welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, to officially commemorate the beginning of depot maintenance at Hill AFB.

The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is a multi-variant, multi-role 5th Generation Fighter, and will undergo organic depot modification work at Hill AFB. This work will be accomplished under a public-private partnership with Lockheed Martin aerospace company and the Ogden Air Logistics Complex.

150th wing skin made for F-35

August 29, 2013

CLEARFIELD — The future aircraft being repaired by Hill Air Force Base are having parts built by an aerospace manufacturer just a few miles down the road.

On Aug. 21, ATK celebrated the completion of its 150th wing skin for the F-35 Lightning II, the fifth-generation, international, multirole fighter aircraft that will serve as the replacement to the F-16.

Happy birthday celebration for Air Force at Hill

August 22, 2013


Hill AFB will celebrate the 66th birthday of the Air Force, on Sept. 20, with an Air Force Ball.

"These events are an important part of our heritage," said Maj. Jason Wiggins, 75th Air Base Wing Command Post, and event chairman.

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