419 FW personnel complete Red Flag 19-1
419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 15, 2019
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.