HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — 1st Lt. Sterling Broadhead is one of 12 Air Force reservists selected to represent the United States in the 2016 Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Skills Competition to be held in Madrid, Spain, next month.
Broadhead currently serves as executive officer for the 419th Fighter Wing and is a fitness and outdoor enthusiast.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — July 9 - 10 marks the first time reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing conducted F-35 operations independent of their active duty counterparts.
Reserve Airmen have been integral to the F-35 mission at Hill AFB, working side by side with the active duty 388th Fighter Wing since the first aircraft arrived in September 2015. But this weekend put the reservists’ training to the test as they took the lead on F-35 operations and maintenance.
Staff Sgt. Joseph Hicks, 419th Operations Support Flight, became the first reservist at Hill’s aircrew flight equipment shop to work with state-of-the-art helmets for the F-35 Lightning II, the Air Force’s newest fighter jet.
As an AFE technician, Hicks maintains and stores pilot gear, including helmets, G-suits, harnesses, parachutes, and survival kits. He also provides training to the pilots on the equipment.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The first off-station deployment exercise for the F-35A Lightning II confirmed that the Air Force’s newest fighter jet is on track to reach initial operational capability later this year.
Reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing completed a “Super UTA” here June 9-12, combining two monthly drill weekends as part of an internal inspection.
The 419th Inspector General office oversaw the four-day exercise to ensure the wing meets annual training requirements.
“Each squadron is testing their own ability to deploy,” said Senior Master Sgt. J.D. Hill, 419th IG. “That looked different for everyone.”
Eight F-35A aircraft and 160 personnel from Hill Air Force Base will depart this week for rigorous operational testing through June 17 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. This marks the first time Hill’s operational F-35s will travel out of state for training.
The F-35A pilots and maintainers from Hill’s active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will push the aircraft to their limits to simulate deployed operations and ensure the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft are performing as expected.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — F-35 pilots here began flying routine four-ship combat training missions at the Utah Test and Training range in the West Desert this week.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Air Force reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing are teaching Spanish to high school students at an American school near their deployed location in Southwest Asia. Senior Airman Daniel Gomez-Moyado and Senior Airman Manuel Medrano, 419th Logistics Readiness Squadron, volunteer during their off-duty time to tutor the students in Spanish speaking and comprehension skills.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Mason, 419th Maintenance Squadron, was named Air Force Reserve Command’s First Sergeant of the Year at a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 16.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Four reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing’s explosive ordnance disposal flight returned April 27 from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia.