Reservists help keep F-35 stealthy

October 13, 2016

When the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active-duty 388th FW received the Air Force’s first operational F-35s in September 2015, they took responsibility for not only flying the jets, but also keeping them in top condition.

Tech. Sgt. Jake Lewis, 419th Maintenance Squadron, is a low observable journeyman for the F-35 Lightning II who helps train fellow reservists in keeping the jet stealthy.

“The LO section is a vital part of the F-35 mission,” Lewis said. “We maintain the coating so the jet can keep its level of invisibility.”

Suicide Prevention Month: Wing encourages Airmen to “Be There” for each other

September 29, 2016


The Department of Defense launched a new campaign called "BeThere" in recognition of September’s Suicide Prevention Month.

The campaign encourages service members and veterans to take care of themselves and others, and promotes resources for those who are going through difficult times.

1st Lt. Broadhead takes fourth in worldwide military competition

September 8, 2016

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — A Citizen Airman from the 419th Fighter Wing placed fourth in an international military skills competition in Madrid, Spain, this month. 1st Lt. Sterling Broadhead, currently serving as the wing executive officer, was part of a three-man team of reservists representing the United States in the novice category. Broadhead and his teammates took part in NATO-standard obstacle courses, pistol and rifle marksmanship, orienteering, and combat first aid.

Reservists wrap up annual tour in Hawaii

September 1, 2016

About 100 Air Force reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing returned Aug. 20 from two weeks of annual tour training in Hawaii.

Airmen from the medical, security forces, logistics readiness, and force support squadrons worked with joint service counterparts at military installations across the island of Oahu to hone their skills. In addition to serving one weekend a month, reservists are required to do two weeks of intensive training each year to ensure they’re ready to deploy anywhere around the world.

419th MDS takes training to Pacific

August 25, 2016

More than 50 reservists from Hill Air Force Base’s 419th Medical Squadron completed two weeks of annual training at military installations across Oahu, Hawaii. The women and men took time away from their civilian careers to assist as medical, dental, optometry, and lab technicians augmenting three medical facilities that serve almost 40,000 military members and their families from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

Reservists add fuel to fight

August 25, 2016

Five reservists from the 419th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuel shop are training at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for two weeks as part of their annual training requirement.

While here, the team from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, will refuel a wide variety of joint service aircraft.

Reservists volunteer aboard USS Missouri

August 25, 2016

Air Force reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing volunteered on the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor today. While doing their two-week annual training at Oahu’s joint base, about 15 Airmen took time on their day off to help clean the historic Navy ship — polishing areas frequented by thousands of visitors each year, and clearing out storage areas not seen by the public.

419th reservist to compete in elite NATO competition

July 21, 2016

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.

Reservists lead F-35 ops on drill weekend

July 21, 2016

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.

Reservist talks about futuristic F-35 helmet

July 14, 2016

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.

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