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Airmen return from European deployment

Airmen from the 419th Fighter Wing and 388th Fighter Wing return to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, July 30, 2019 following a two-month European deployment

Airmen from the 419th Fighter Wing and 388th Fighter Wing return to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, July 30, 2019 following a two-month European deployment. The F-35 pilots, maintainers, and support personnel participated in several combat exercises with U.S. allies and partner nations while deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Hill Air Force Base, Utah --

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – A group of F-35A pilots, maintainers, and support personnel returned to Utah July 30 following a two-month deployment that took them across Europe.  

While overseas, reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing and active duty Airmen from the 388th FW participated in various combat exercises and conducted training with other Europe-based aircraft as part of a Theater Security Package, which serves to strengthen ties with U.S. allies and bolster security in the region.  

The F-35s and Airmen deployed to several countries including Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland, Norway, France, England, and Estonia.   

The active duty 388th FW and Air Force Reserve 419th FW are the Air Force’s only combat-capable F-35 units, maintaining the jets in a Total Force partnership that utilizes the strengths of both components. This was their second deployment to Europe, having deployed to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, in 2017.