A-10s from the 357th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., won the biennial Hawgsmoke ground-attack competition that took place this time at Arizona’s Barry Goldwater Range Complex. “We are the first Active Duty fighter squadron to ever win Hawgsmoke, and to do it here as the home team . . . is special,” said Capt. David Nagle, 357th FS flight leader. “We have the best weather and training airspace in the United States. We can squeeze in more quality ‘hog’ training here than any other base,” he added. A-10s from 15 different Active Duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve squadrons participated in the games from Aug. 15 to Aug. 17. The second-place 66th Weapons Squadron from Nellis AFB, Nev., will host Hawgsmoke 2014. (Davis-Monthan report by TSgt. Kent Kagarise) (See also Gila Bend report by A1C Saphfire Cook, with full results.)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.