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D-M flies above the rest at Hawgsmoke 2012

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  • By Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook
  • 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Davis-Monthan hosted 18 A-10 squadrons from around the world for the 7th biannual Hawgsmoke Competition here Aug. 15-17.

Hawgsmoke is an aerial competition focusing on A-10 tactics such as moving target strafe techniques, GPS-out navigation, and degraded weapons delivery. Both the individual and team portions of the competition are conducted and evaluated at the Barry M. Goldwater Range and the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field.

As the second place winners of the 2010 Hawgsmoke games, D-M was given the honor of hosting this year's event.

The final standings were as follows:

Top Attack Team:
357th FS, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
66 WPS, Nellis AFB, NV
104th FS, Baltimore, MD
Top Attack Pilot:
Capt Eric "Elmer" Hart, 357th FS
Capt Sam "Syndrome" Moreland, 357th FS
Maj Bill "Zuter" Zutell, 104th FS
GPS Out Maverick:
357th FS, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

Moving Lieutenant Strafe:
Maj Curt "Kid" Martin, 163rd FS
Capt Marcus "Nestle" Flagg, 25th FS
Capt Aaron "Geezus" Cavazos, 358th FS
30 High Angle Strafe HARS:
Lt Col Todd "Hitch" Hitchcock, CEP: 0 meters, 190th FS
Lt Col Rob "Sweetness" Sweet, CEP: 0.8 meters, 76th FS
Maj Bryan "Stoner" Stone, CEP: 1.15 meters, 303rd FS
30 Dive Bomb:
Maj Andy "Diggler" Kamataris, 0 meters (tiebreaker: 17pts), 104th FS
Capt James "PETA" Kappes, CEA 0 meters (tiebreaker: 68pts), 81st FS
Maj James "McGruff" Hunt, CEA: 1.4 meters, 45th FS
20 Low-Angle Low Drag:
Capt Jeff "Sweaty" Negrette, CEA: 2.0 meters, 47th FS
Capt Ryan "Coppa" Allen, CEA: 2.45 meters, 74th FS
Maj James "McGruff" Hunt, CEA: 2.75 meters, 45th FS
10 Pop HARS
Capt Aaron "Boom" Bohn, CEA: 8.75 meters, 76th FS
Capt Jaret "Jaws" Biggers, CEA: 15.7 meters, 81st FS
Capt David "Fife" Nagle, CEA: 18.75 meters, 357th FS
The 357th FS took home the victory from this year's competition, making it the second Hawgsmoke in a row the Desert Lightning Team has won.

Coming in second is the 66th Weapons School out of Nellis AFB, Nev. They are slated to host Hawgsmoke 2014.

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