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D-M hosts 8th biennial Hawgsmoke Competition

U.S. Air Force Honor Guardsmen prepare to present the colors during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2014. Hawgsmoke is a biennial U.S. Air Force bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition for A-10 Thunderbolt II units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force Honor Guardsmen prepare to present the colors during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2014. Hawgsmoke is a biennial U.S. Air Force bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition for A-10 Thunderbolt II units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, gives opening remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2014. As with tradition, since D-M won the last competition, the Desert Lightning Team is given the honor of hosting this year’s competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, gives opening remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2014. As with tradition, since D-M won the last competition, the Desert Lightning Team is given the honor of hosting this year’s competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen present arms in honor of fallen A-10 pilots during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2014.  In remembrance of the fallen pilots, the participants of the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition also held a moment of silence, took a traditional shot of whiskey and smashed the shot glass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen present arms in honor of fallen A-10 pilots during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2014. In remembrance of the fallen pilots, the participants of the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition also held a moment of silence, took a traditional shot of whiskey and smashed the shot glass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies during the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range Two in Tucson, Ariz., July 10, 2014. This year’s Hawgsmoke competition focused on forward firing. The participants competed in high, medium, and low-angle strafes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies during the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range Two in Tucson, Ariz., July 10, 2014. This year’s Hawgsmoke competition focused on forward firing. The participants competed in high, medium, and low-angle strafes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II strafes during the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range Two in Tucson, Ariz., July 10, 2014. Hawgsmoke is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition, which was derived from the discontinued “Gunsmoke” Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II strafes during the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range Two in Tucson, Ariz., July 10, 2014. Hawgsmoke is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition, which was derived from the discontinued “Gunsmoke” Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II strafes during the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range Two in Tucson, Ariz., July 10, 2014. This year’s Hawgsmoke competition focused on forward firing. The participants competed in high, medium, and low-angle strafes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II strafes during the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range Two in Tucson, Ariz., July 10, 2014. This year’s Hawgsmoke competition focused on forward firing. The participants competed in high, medium, and low-angle strafes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie/Released)

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