The winning team from 2012, the 357th Dragons, are hosting this year's event. Dates and lodging information are available in the menus to the left. Other information will be updated as it becomes available.
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What is Hawgsmoke?
Hawgsmoke is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition. Hosted by the winners of the previous competition, Hawgsmoke is an intense competition and an opportunity to share in the camaraderie and fellowship of the world’s premier Close Air Support fighter, as well as legacy of its pilots and support crews.
Hawgsmoke traces its heritage of the now discontinued "Gunsmoke" event. Gunsmoke was the USAF's air-to-ground gunnery and bombing competition with multiple airframes held at Nellis AFB. The last Gunsmoke event was held in 1995.
The inaugural Hawgsmoke was in 2000 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Michigan. It was hosted by the Michigan ANG's 172nd Fighter Squardron from Battle Creek. Col. Cliff Latta of the 172nd is credited with initiating Hawgsmoke.
Four-ship teams of airplanes and pilots from A-10 units around the world flew and competed for the honor of being the 'Best of the Best' in ground attack and target destruction. Top Team honors went to the Connecticut ANG and they in turn hosted the next event, Hawgsmoke 2002, at the Fort Drum Forward Operating Location in New York State.
There, 17 teams and 62 aircraft competed, with the overall winner being the four member team from the 47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale AFB, LA. The 47th had come in second in 2000 and were determined to make up for unfinished business. Hawgsmoke 2002 focused on accurately dropping BDU-33s practice bombs, firing the AGM-65 "Maverick" missile, and strafing proficiency with the 30 mm Gatling gun. Much emphasis was placed on target acquisition as well.
The third event, 2004 Hawgsmoke, was hosted by the 47th FS "Dogpatchers" and held at England Air Park, formerly England AFB,in central Louisiana. 18 teams and over 70 aircraft made the trip in anticipation of the competition, camaraderie, and celebration of the world's premier CAS aircraft.
Unfortunately, the competition was undone by forces of Mother Nature andthe bad weather resulted in Hawgsmoke 2004 becoming known as Hawgwash 2004. Nevertheless, it was declared a success for the opportunity of the Hog community to get together, share experiences and party like rock stars.
With no winner from "Hawgwash", the 355th Fighter Wing picked up the slack. Hawgsmoke 2006 was held 22-25 March at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. Adding even more to the luster of Hawgsmoke. The 2006 installment marked the 30th Anniversary of the A-10 and served as a homecoming for all Hawgdrivers due to the fact initial A-10 training is carried out at DM. With over 140 aircraft are on the ramp, the event went off without a hitch. After the scores had been tallied, the 303d Fighter Squadron from Whiteman AFB, MO emerged the winner.
The Boys from Boise took the title at the 4th event, so they hosted an outstanding event in 2010. Practicing at their home range for months on end, they were able to walk away victorious yet again, but not without the 354th Bulldogs hot on their heels. By regulation 11-202vol69, the hosting team is not allowed to host twice in a row, so the Bulldogs hosted in 2012.
With fair weather, and fair jets, the 357th Dragons have taken the most recent title, bringing the Hawgsmoke competition home again, to Tucson, AZ!
Lodging in Tucson
A block of rooms on base at the Desert Inn (the lodging at DM) has been reserved from 9 July to 12 July, they can be reached at DSN 228-3230 or comm 520-228-3230
Local Area Orientation
This LAO briefing is mandatory for any pilot flying in the Tucson airspace for the Hawgsmoke event. See the schedule for the time and location. 2012 LAO Brief Powerpoint Presentation
Host World Wide Tactical Gunnery and Bombing Competition
There's nothing like flying in a four-ship of Hawgs to the range. The thought of bombing for quarters on a Friday afternoon, followed by a spirited defbrief before retiring to the bar will get even the most grizzled of Hawgdrivers misty eyed. Hawgsmoke allows A-10 pilots, from around the world, to come together and "bomb for show, but shoot for dough" on a much larger scale.
Hawg Reunion (Camaraderie and Esprit de Corps)
Being a part of a fighter squadron is analagous to being on a high school football team for the rest of your life. You have a bond that's hard to describe, but very special. With constant PCS's and high a ops tempo, it's difficult to stay in touch. Hawgsmoke provides the perfect venue for those who have flown and maintained the Hawg to revisit those ties.
Remembrance of Lost Hawgs
It is a tradition at Hawgsmoke to begin with a remembrance ceremony for fallen comrades. Following the reading of the names of all fallen Hawgdrivers, an A-10 missing-man formation flies overhead. At the conclusion, there is the customary downing of a shot of whiskey, in honor and remembrance of old friends and colleagues. The shot glasses are then smashed as a mark of respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to say they will never be forgotten.
A-10 Tactics and Information Exchange
There can't be an assemblage of Hawgdrivers without robust dicussion of the thing they know and love: the Hawg. Not only will all tactical situations be solved, but a cure for the common cold is most likely to be found.
Raise Public Awareness
Everybody loves the Hawg! The A-10 might have a short lived future with newer, better, faster airplanes vying for a piece of the CAS cake. We'll demonstrate there is nothing that can replace a piece of military history unlike anything before it.