The USAF 388th Fighter Wing has accepted its 23rd and 24th ‘combat-coded’ F-35A.
According to a media release:
“The 388th Fighter Wing received its first F-35A in Nov. 2015.
Since that time, the unit has been developing the best tactics, techniques and procedures – shaping how the F-35A operates in the Air Force.”
Col Jason Rueschhoff, 388th Operations Group commander said:
“Gaining the 24th F-35A here is another outstanding milestone for the 388th and 419th wings.
This allows both operations and maintenance to fine-tune our tactics, techniques, and procedures with a focus on maximising our combat lethality.”
Col. Michael Miles, 388th Maintenance Group commander said:
“Having the full number of aircraft in one FS/AMU means we’ll soon receive our full personnel and equipment. This allows us to meet all potential combat taskings.”
Staff Sgt. Zachary Kasperek, 34th AMU crew chief, said:
“I know this jet is going to be around for a long time and it’s pretty special to be a member of the unit that is leading the way with the F-35As success.”