Utah forces team up for Operation Lone Survivor

April 17, 2014



HILL AIR FORCE BASE, — Air Force Reserve and National Guard personnel from Utah put their search and rescue skills to the test during a training exercise dubbed “Operation Lone Survivor” in the rocky terrain of Utah’s west desert Saturday.

Military personnel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing, Utah Air National Guard 151st Air Refueling Wing, and Utah Army National Guard 211th Aviation Group joined forces to rescue two downed F-16 pilots near the Utah Test and Training Range.

Banquet recognizes wing’s best reservists

February 13, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 419th Fighter Wing celebrated Utah’s remarkable Air Force reservists at an Annual Awards Banquet Saturday. Nearly 400 people, including military members, families and community supporters, gathered to honor the wing’s best performers from throughout the year.

Guest speaker Maj. Gen. Richard Shook, mobilization assistant to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve, spoke about the importance of honoring Airmen for their hard work.

In Focus: Staff Sgt. Jorge Razo, 419th MOF

November 28, 2013

Joining the military is a family tradition for some Airmen, but someone needs to start that tradition. Staff Sgt. Jorge Razo, a weapons system coordinator in the 419th Maintenance Operations Flight, started his family’s trend of serving in the military. Public affairs recently sat down with Razo to learn more about him and why he serves.

Hill F-16 units conduct surge exercise

November 21, 2013

F-16 pilots from Hill’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wings are conducting about 70 percent more training flights this week as part of a “surge” exercise designed to prepare Airmen for increased tempo during combat.

Local residents can expect an increase in noise from dawn until about midnight when the surge ends.

For pilots and maintenance personnel, a surge offers a chance to exceed standard training requirements and test their overall readiness capability.

For more information, please contact the 419th Public Affairs office at 801-777-2713.



419th Reservist helps students honor military

September 12, 2013

CLINTON — Staff Sgt. Jonathan Morris, 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, spoke to students at West Clinton Elementary during their "Our Heroes" assembly in Clinton on Sept. 11. About 700 students gathered to honor military moms and dads on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.

Morris, who attended West Clinton as a boy, shared his experiences as a both a soldier and an Air Force Reservist, and told the students that anyone can serve their nation — not just people in uniform.

419th Security Forces Squadron Airmen tackle Patriot Defender

August 1, 2013

FORT WOLTERS, Texas — Airmen from the 419th Security Forces Squadron spent two weeks here as part of Patriot Defender, a sustainment training course for security forces Reservists.

"Patriot Defender is basically to keep us prepared in case we have to go to war," said Tech. Sgt. Nathan Yeaman, security forces craftsman in the 419th SFS.

Reserve F-16 pilot helps squelch wildfires across West

July 3, 2013


Air Force Reserve F-16 pilot Lt. Col. Paul "Buster" Delmonte flies several types of aircraft as part of his full-time civilian job, but instead of dropping bombs he delivers an entirely different kind of weapon.

Delmonte, the 466th Fighter Squadron commander, is an aerial firefighter and aviation safety manager with the U.S. Forest Service. Between May and October each year, he flies above fiery mountain ranges to drop smokejumpers and direct the delivery of fire retardant.

Q&A – Meet the new 419th command chief

June 6, 2013

Last month, the 419th Fighter Wing welcomed its new command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia. I recently sat down with the chief to learn more about him and talk about his priorities for the wing.



What are your top three priorities as command chief?



MENTORING: I’d like to broaden the scope of our NCOs for leadership and other career opportunities in Air Force Reserve Command. Our future leaders need to have the four pillars of leadership — a joint assignment, the D.C. area, a wing and a Numbered Air Force.

Energy drinks may pose danger to heart, health

May 2, 2013

Consuming energy drinks can cause blood pressure to skyrocket and an irregular heartbeat, according to a recent study by the American Heart Association.

The study, presented last month during an AHA conference, showed a critical interval of the heart’s rhythm extends by drinking energy drinks.

Q&A: 419th MDS commander talks healthy living

May 2, 2013


Editor’s note: This article was originally published on the 419th Fighter Wing’s website in January. It was primarily written for readers who are military Reservists, but the overarching messages about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle carry broader messages that apply to Team Hill’s active duty and civilian workforce as well.

Col. Laurence Nelson, 419th Medical Squadron commander, started his military career in 1984 as an Army private.

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