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Combat Hammer drops at Hill

From the left, Senior Airman Steven Woods, Tech. Sgt. Joseph Munis and Senior Airman Zane Sitzes, all active-duty Airmen from the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, build GBU-31 bombs April 26 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The 301st FW sent Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to Hill AFB for Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise conducted by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

From the left, Senior Airman Steven Woods, Tech. Sgt. Joseph Munis and Senior Airman Zane Sitzes, all active-duty Airmen from the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, build GBU-31 bombs April 26 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The 301st FW sent Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to Hill AFB for Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise conducted by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, drops a GBU-24 over the Utah Test and Training Range, May 2. Airmen and aircraft from several bases participated in Combat Hammer, a precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise hosted by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force/86th Fighter Weapons Squadron)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, drops a GBU-24 over the Utah Test and Training Range, May 2. Airmen and aircraft from several bases participated in Combat Hammer, a precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise hosted by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force/86th Fighter Weapons Squadron)

Airmen from 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, load an AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface guided missile into a shipping container after it passed a tracking function test April 26 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Pictured from the left are Senior Airman Lauren Smith, Senior Airman Troy Praisner and Senior Airman Kyle Rodriguez. The Airmen participated in Combat Hammer, which is conducted by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron. It is an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise which collects and analyzes data on the performance of precision weapons and measures their suitability for use in combat. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

Airmen from 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, load an AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface guided missile into a shipping container after it passed a tracking function test April 26 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Pictured from the left are Senior Airman Lauren Smith, Senior Airman Troy Praisner and Senior Airman Kyle Rodriguez. The Airmen participated in Combat Hammer, which is conducted by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron. It is an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise which collects and analyzes data on the performance of precision weapons and measures their suitability for use in combat. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, prepares for flight May 2 at Hill AFB, Utah. Moody Airmen and aircraft were at Hill AFB participating in the precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise, Combat Hammer. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, prepares for flight May 2 at Hill AFB, Utah. Moody Airmen and aircraft were at Hill AFB participating in the precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise, Combat Hammer. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief assigned to the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, performs pre-flight checks May 2 at Hill AFB, Utah. Moody Airmen and aircraft were at Hill AFB participating in the precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise, Combat Hammer. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief assigned to the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, performs pre-flight checks May 2 at Hill AFB, Utah. Moody Airmen and aircraft were at Hill AFB participating in the precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise, Combat Hammer. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Senior Airman Brandon Brock, an active-duty crew chief assigned to Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, cleans an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft canopy before Flight May 3 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Brock and other Airmen from the 301st Fighter Wing were at Hill AFB participating in Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

Senior Airman Brandon Brock, an active-duty crew chief assigned to Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, cleans an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft canopy before Flight May 3 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Brock and other Airmen from the 301st Fighter Wing were at Hill AFB participating in Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

Airman 1st Class Blade Dirickson, a crew chief assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, performs F-16 Fighting Falcon pre-flight maintenance checks May 3 at Hill AFB, Utah. Airmen and aircraft from several bases participated in Combat Hammer, a two-week long exercise which evaluates precision-guided air-to-ground weapons for reliability, maintainability, suitability and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Airman 1st Class Blade Dirickson, a crew chief assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, performs F-16 Fighting Falcon pre-flight maintenance checks May 3 at Hill AFB, Utah. Airmen and aircraft from several bases participated in Combat Hammer, a two-week long exercise which evaluates precision-guided air-to-ground weapons for reliability, maintainability, suitability and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, taxi before flight at Hill AFB, Utah, May 3. Airmen and aircraft from several bases participated in Combat Hammer, a two-week long exercise which evaluates precision-guided air-to-ground weapons for reliability, maintainability, suitability and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, taxi before flight at Hill AFB, Utah, May 3. Airmen and aircraft from several bases participated in Combat Hammer, a two-week long exercise which evaluates precision-guided air-to-ground weapons for reliability, maintainability, suitability and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

Senior Airman Christina Smith, a crew chief assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, performs pre-flight maintenance on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft May 3 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The F-16s were at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range participating in Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Senior Airman Christina Smith, a crew chief assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, performs pre-flight maintenance on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft May 3 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The F-16s were at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range participating in Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, prepares for flight at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 3. Airmen and aircraft from several bases participated in Combat Hammer, a two-week long exercise which evaluates precision-guided air-to-ground weapons for reliability, maintainability, suitability and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, prepares for flight at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 3. Airmen and aircraft from several bases participated in Combat Hammer, a two-week long exercise which evaluates precision-guided air-to-ground weapons for reliability, maintainability, suitability and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

Weapons Airmen assigned to the 136th Maintenance Squadron, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, perform pre-flight maintenance on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft May 3 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The F-16s were at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range participating in Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)
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Weapons Airmen assigned to the 136th Maintenance Squadron, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, perform pre-flight maintenance on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft May 3 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The F-16s were at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range participating in Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Weapons Airmen from the Hawaii Air National Guard prepare munitions for loading onto F-22 Raptor aircraft May 9 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Aircraft and Airmen from Hawaii ANG participated in Combat Hammer, a twice annual precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise conducted at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range. Other Airmen and aircraft from Moody AFB, Georgia, and Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, also participated. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)
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Weapons Airmen from the Hawaii Air National Guard prepare munitions for loading onto F-22 Raptor aircraft May 9 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Aircraft and Airmen from Hawaii ANG participated in Combat Hammer, a twice annual precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise conducted at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range. Other Airmen and aircraft from Moody AFB, Georgia, and Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, also participated. (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Senior Airman Tanzim Chowdhury, a Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants (POL) specialist assigned to the 301st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, refuels F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 9. Chowdhury along with Airmen and Aircraft from NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Moody AFB, Georgia, and Hickam AFB, Hawaii, participated in Combat Hammer, a twice annual precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise conducted at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)
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Senior Airman Tanzim Chowdhury, a Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants (POL) specialist assigned to the 301st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, refuels F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 9. Chowdhury along with Airmen and Aircraft from NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Moody AFB, Georgia, and Hickam AFB, Hawaii, participated in Combat Hammer, a twice annual precision-guided air-to-ground weapons evaluation exercise conducted at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force/Paul Holcomb)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron, Detachment 1, hosted Airmen and aircraft participating in the air-to-ground weapons evaluation program, May 1-11.

The Combat Hammer exercise takes place twice each year here, and twice annually at Eglin AFB, Florida, and is part of the Weapon System Evaluation Program. WSEP has two parts: Combat Hammer evaluates all U.S. Air Force air-to-ground weapons, mostly bombs, while Combat Archer evaluates all the air-to-air weapons, mostly missiles.

During Combat Hammer, precision-guided air-to-ground weapons are evaluated for reliability, maintainability, suitability and accuracy.

“The results from Combat Hammer exercises are briefed annually all the way to the CSAF and SecAF, which in turn ensure USAF planners correctly resource air-to-ground weapons in sufficient quantities for worldwide contingencies,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Smith, 86th FWS Detachment 1 commander.

The 457th Fighter Squadron from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, brought 8 F-16 Fighting Falcons; the 75th Fighter Squadron from Moody AFB, Georgia, brought 12 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs; and the 199th Fighter Squadron from the Hawaii Air National Guard at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, brought 8 F-22 Raptor aircraft. In addition, off-station participation came from F-15 Eagles assigned to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; B-1 Lancers assigned to Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and B-2 Spirits assigned to Whiteman AFB, Missouri.

Ammo Airmen arrived before the aircraft and began building bombs, which were dropped at the Utah Test and Training Range during the exercise. Participants employed nearly 200 precision-guided munitions during this Combat Hammer exercise.

According to Smith, Hill AFB is an ideal location for Combat Hammer and his unit plays a critical role in its execution.

“All members of Detachment 1 work as lead evaluators to support Combat Hammer WSEPs throughout the year, at both Hill and Eglin AFB locations," he said. "It’s a team effort and we couldn’t accomplish the mission without great support from our Team Hill partners and the dedicated UTTR professionals!”

Combat Hammer will return here and the UTTR in August.

The 86th FWS Det. 1 is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin AFB.  

 

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