#1655 388 OSS F-35A Lightning II print

388 OSS F-35A Lightning II print
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43.8 cm x 29.2 cm
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F-35A Lightning II
388 OSS, 388 FW
Hill AFB, Utah
US - Air Force
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1655 - 17-5245 '388 OSS', F-35A Lightning II, 388 Operational Support Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah.

The present-day 388th Operations Support Squadron was activated on 16 July 1942 as the 388th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, and supported base operations at Luke Field, Arizona until October 1942, and then moved to Deming Army Air Field in New Mexico.  The principal duty of the 388th was to provide the support and training necessary to sustain the Army Air Forces’ strategic bombing campaigns.  While other organizations trained pilots and maintainers, the 388th produced electronic radio technicians, bombsight mechanics, and supply, base support, and headquarters support personnel, all of whom were essential to keep bombardment and fighter groups functioning in Europe and the Pacific.  At its peak the squadron had over 500 airmen assigned.  As the scope and mission of aircrew training waxed and waned, so did the need for Air Base Wings and Squadrons, and the 388th was disbanded on 30 April 1944, one month prior to the D-Day landings in Europe. Shortly after the completion of its mission to fight during the Gulf War in 1991, the 388th Fighter Wing reorganized, creating a role for a new operations squadron.  The 388th Base HQ and Air Base Squadron was reconstituted and re-designated the 388th Operations Support Squadron (388 OSS), activating on 1 December 1991.  Since then its schedulers, tacticians, and communications experts have joined the fighter squadrons across the globe, supporting over 35 deployments and multiple named operations.  With the arrival of the Air Force’s newest and most advanced fifth-generation stealth fighter, the F-35A Lightning II, the wing’s mission has expanded, as has the 388 OSS’s role with it.  It provides information and capability for the combat squadrons in the form of intelligence, mission defense, signals, aircrew flight equipment, scheduling, training, and tactics.  Like its World War II predecessor, it provides the essential support that creates the wing’s air power success.