Armed Forces News

F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrived at a base in the Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility on April 15, marking the first time the nation’s most modern fighters deployed to the Middle East. The aircraft are assigned to the active-duty 388thFighter Wing and reserve 419thFighter Wing, both of which are based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

“We are adding a cutting edge weapons system to our arsenal that significantly enhances the capability of the coalition. The sensor fusion and survivability this aircraft provides to the joint force will enhance security and stability across the theater and deter aggressors,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command.