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Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line as remotely piloted aircraft crews wait for the fog to clear during Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

An Airman radios the MQ-9 ground control station during Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line as remotely piloted aircraft crews wait for the fog to clear during Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line as remotely piloted aircraft crews wait for the fog to clear during Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

MQ-9 Reapers prepare to taxi down the flight line as remotely piloted aircraft crews wait for the fog to clear during Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

An MQ-9 launch and recovery compound near the Duke flight line assembled for Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line as remotely piloted aircraft crews wait for the fog to clear during Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

An MQ-9 Reaper tail flash from the New York Air National Guard sits on the flight line during Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

Air National Guard units participated in Combat Hammer.   This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions.

MQ-9 Reapers sit on the flight line as remotely piloted aircraft crews wait for the fog to clear during Combat Hammer Nov. 6 at Duke Field, Fla. Air National Guard units brought two MQ-9s and a complete launch and recovery system. ANG operators planned and executed missions with active duty units for the four-day live-drop evaluation. This was the first multi-unit weapons systems evaluation program for the ANG units and their maintainers. The 86 th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

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