86th FWS hosts Combat Hammer

R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
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.
PAUL HOLCOMB/U.S. Air Force
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.
86TH FIGHTER WEAPONS SQUADRON/U.S. Air Force
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.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
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.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
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.
PAUL HOLCOMB/U.S. Air Force
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.
86TH FIGHTER WEAPONS SQUADRON/U.S. Air Force
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.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
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.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
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.
PAUL HOLCOMB/U.S. Air Force
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.
86TH FIGHTER WEAPONS SQUADRON/U.S. Air Force
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.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
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.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
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.
PAUL HOLCOMB/U.S. Air Force
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.
86TH FIGHTER WEAPONS SQUADRON/U.S. Air Force
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.
R. NIAL BRADSHAW/U.S. Air Force
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.
75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
May 18, 2017

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). 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.

“The 86th FWS Detachment 1 is located at Hill AFB primarily because it utilizes the UTTR for the May and August exercises each year, and secondarily to assist in Combat Archer support,” he said. “All members of Detachment 1 work as lead evaluators to support Combat Hammer WSEPs throughout the year, at both Hill and Eglin AFB locations. 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 to Hill AFB and the UTTR in August. 

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