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419 FW personnel complete Red Flag 19-1

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Roberts, crew chief in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares to launch an F-35A Lightning II during Red Flag 19-1

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Roberts, crew chief in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares to launch an F-35A Lightning II during Red Flag 19-1. Pilots and maintainers from the 419th Fighter Wing and 388th Fighter Wing participated in Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Red Flag is the Air Force's premier combat exercise and includes units from across the Air Force and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Roberts, crew chief in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares to launch an F-35A Lightning II during Red Flag 19-1.

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Roberts, crew chief in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares to launch an F-35A Lightning II during Red Flag 19-1. Pilots and maintainers from the 419th Fighter Wing and 388th Fighter Wing participated in Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Red Flag is the Air Force's premier combat exercise and includes units from across the Air Force and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Tech. Sgt. Anthony Farnsworth (left), a reservist in the 419th Operations Support Flight, and Airman 1st Class Ryan Joplin, an active duty Airman in the 388th Operations Support Squadron, work together in the Aircrew Flight Equipment shop on flight equipment

Tech. Sgt. Anthony Farnsworth (left), a reservist in the 419th Operations Support Flight, and Airman 1st Class Ryan Joplin, an active duty Airman in the 388th Operations Support Squadron, work together in the Aircrew Flight Equipment shop on flight equipment at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 5, 2019. AFE Airmen manage, check, and prepare gear pilots need to fly and also survive in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxi during Red Flag 19-1 at Nelllis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 6, 2019. Pilots and maintainers from the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing spent three weeks at Red Flag, the Air Force's premier combat exercise that includes units from across the Air Force and allied nations.

F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxi during Red Flag 19-1 at Nelllis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 6, 2019. Pilots and maintainers from the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing spent three weeks at Red Flag, the Air Force's premier combat exercise that includes units from across the Air Force and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off during Red Flag 19-1 at Nelllis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 1, 2019. Pilots and maintainers from the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing spent three weeks at Red Flag, the Air Force's premier combat exercise that includes units from across the Air Force and allied nations.

An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off during Red Flag 19-1 at Nelllis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 1, 2019. Pilots and maintainers from the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing spent three weeks at Red Flag, the Air Force's premier combat exercise that includes units from across the Air Force and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Pilots, maintainers, and support personnel from the 419th Fighter Wing wrapped up intensive training operations at the Air Force’s premier combat exercise known as Red Flag 19-1 at Nellis AFB, Nevada, today.

 

It was the wing's second Red Flag with the F-35A, alongside its active duty counterparts in the 388th FW.

 

Nearly 3,000 personnel from 39 units across the globe also participated, to include other U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Royal Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force squadrons.

 

The three-week exercise saw a friendly “Blue Force” take on enemy “Red Force” aggressors in a training environment that simulates realistic combat operations using air-to-air, air-to-ground, space and cyber warfare. This year, the F-35 once again, provided offensive and defensive counter air, suppression of enemy air defense and close air support against enemy forces.

 

The F-35A is America's most advanced multi-role fighter, and offers extraordinarily advanced stealth and interoperability. The 388th and 419th Fighter Wings have been flying and maintaining the aircraft together as part of a Total Force Integration since 2007.