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75th OSS: Orchestrating airfield operations with excellence

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  • 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 75th Operations Support Squadron at Hill Air Force Base stands at the forefront of airfield operations, orchestrating a complex ballet of flying activities and resources.

As part of Air Force Materiel Command, the 75th OSS oversees AFMC’s busiest single-runway airfield, where their responsibilities span weather coordination, air traffic control, airfield management, host aviation resource management, and more.

Over the past year, the unit’s efforts have extended to five major commands, including support to Noble Eagle operations, weapons system evaluation exercises, an Agile Combat Exercise, an Air Show Emergency Readiness Exercise, and munitions airlifts to Ukraine.

“Our dedicated Airmen consistently demonstrate excellence and commitment, ensuring the seamless execution of flying operations,” said Lt. Col. Diana Bradfield, 75th OSS commander. “Our efforts underscore our capability and readiness, including significant contributions to national defense and international support.”

The 75th OSS’s mission extends beyond the base, supporting the sustainment of fifth-generation fighters—the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II—as well as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt, and C-130 Hercules.

Hill AFB also hosts Air Combat Command’s 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve Command’s 419th Fighter Wing, both home to F-35 fighter jets and a F-35 Demo Team. Additionally, the 75th OSS plays a vital role in aerial wildland firefighting operations during the summer months.

Recently, the OSS participated in Exercise Emerald Warrior—an intensive training event held at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah’s west desert. The exercise provided a unique opportunity for the 75th OSS to explore multi-capable Airmen concepts.

Despite challenging winter weather conditions, the OSS demonstrated remarkable adaptability including seamlessly transitioning from a mobile tower to a retrofitted World War II tower facility at Wendover—a first for the airfield in more than 50 years.

Bradfield said her squadron’s involvement in these operations and exercises underscores the unit’s capability and readiness, and they will continue to prepare for the next phase of warfare.

“The 75th Operations Support Squadron has had a remarkable year so far, marked by numerous accomplishments and significant contributions to our mission,” Bradfield said. “As we look to the future, we are committed to growing and expanding our capable support to the warfighter.

“By working together and leveraging the unique skillset of our air traffic control and airfield operations Airmen, we will continue to enhance our capabilities and fulfill our critical role in supporting Chief of Staff of the Air Force priorities,” she said.