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  • Warfighters return to loved ones

    During the seven-month deployment the 74th Fighter Squadron flew more than 1,700 sorties, employed weapons over 4,400 times, destroyed 2,300 targets and killed 2,800 insurgents.
  • A-10 returns as a single-ship demonstration

    While all members of Davis-Monthan AFB have maintained our mission of sustaining attack airpower, a select group of Airmen have been preparing for an additional mission; demonstrating the capabilities of the A-10C Thunderbolt II.
  • Pilot exemplifies Total Force Integration

    As part of a Total Force Integration initiative, an Air Force Reserve Citizen Airman attended attended the Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) to deploy with his former active-duty squadron. Captivated by the close-air support and combat-search and rescue missions of the A-10C Thunderbolt II, U.S. Air Force Reserve Maj. Matt Paetzhold, 76th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, joined the ranks of those responsible for effectively integrating multiple weapons systems across the land, air, space and cyber domains.
  • A 23d Wing ‘hawg’ gets a bath

    What has roughly 40 teeth, sounds like ‘brrrt,’ and occasionally needs a bath? The 23d Wing’s A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, also known as ‘Hawgs,’ are subject to an assortment of scheduled maintenance appointments to include washes every 180 days or approximately 1,000 flying hours. “It’s extremely important that maintenance keeps the aircraft clean,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Harney, 75th Fighter Squadron director of operations and A-10 pilot. “Every time we fire the gun, gases flow up and cover the aircraft with grease which can affect operational components of the aircraft and the pilot’s visibility.”
  • Royal Air Force JTACs integrate with US counterparts

    Members of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force recently spent time immersing with the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The NATO allies visiting were Joint Terminal Attack Controllers tasked with building stronger ties with the 93d AGOW in hopes of future integration opportunities.
  • Cleared Hot: Red Tails A-10 pilot spits fire in fight against ISIS

    The darkness of a desert night surrounds his aircraft. The wind rushes past his cockpit. As the target approaches, nervousness builds deep within his core and his heart races at extraordinary speeds.Locking in on the tasks at hand, the pilot’s eyes glow as he focuses through night vision goggles to locate targets below. Muscle memory from years of
  • NATO partners conduct close air support exercise

    Today’s fight against terrorism doesn’t rest on the shoulders of one country. It’s a team fight, meaning countries must be interoperable to effectively defeat the evil in this world. To better support that team, members of the German air force’s Air Ground Operations Squadron partnered with the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron to conduct a close air support exercise, April 10 to 14 at Camp Grayling, Mich.
  • A-10 West Heritage Flight Team returns to the skies

    The A-10 West Heritage Flight Team performed at its first air show after nearly five years of inactivation March 25-26. The demo team out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., kicked off its resurgence at the Los Angeles County Air Show in Lancaster, Calif., by flying in formation with the World War II-era P-38 Lightning.
  • Weapons Airmen enable joint training

    Weapons troops from the 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit enabled joint force training during Green Flag-West 17-03, Jan. 13-27 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.GFW, an air-land combat integration exercise, provided these Airmen with a rare opportunity to put their home station training to use by allowing them to load live munitions
  • Moody Consolidated Maintenance Squadron aims to raise the bar

    The 23d Component Maintenance Squadron, here, utilized the week of Jan. 23-27 to begin assessing ways to better support the A-10C Thunderbolt II’s increased flying mission. Representatives from Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., traveled to Moody to participate in the Continuous Process Improvement event.
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