Saturday, October 16, 2010

Idaho Air National Guard team wins 'Hawgsmoke 2010' A-10 bombing, gunnery competition

Idaho Statesman
Published: 10/15/10

The hosting team took the top prize at "Hawgsmoke 2010," a worldwide A-10 bombing and gunnery competition held in Boise this week, an Idaho National Guard spokesman said Friday.

Eighteen U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard teams and South Korea competed. More than 40 aircraft participated, and over 200 pilots and maintenance personnel came to Gowen Field for the competition, which takes place every two years.

Teams competed on the Mountain Home Range complex, and all competition took place Thursday. The Idaho Air National Guard hosted this year’s event because they won the 2008 Hawgsmoke competition in Salinas, Kans.

The 190th Fighter Squadron team from the Idaho Air National Guard took top overall team honors. The pilots on the team were: Fighter Squadron Commander, Lt. Col. Ryan Odneal, Maj. Scott Downey, Maj. Justin Keskey and Capt. Ryan Brown.

Maj. Downey and Capt. Brown placed first and second, respectively, among 72 pilots competing.

Lt. Col. Odneal praised the 124th Fighter Wing maintenance team, which played a critical role in the competition, ensuring the aircraft were in the best condition possible.

"We could not have done it without them," Odneal said in a press release Friday. "They are the best of the best."

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Major Downey, left, Lt. Col. Odneal and Capt. Brown. Not pictured, Maj. Keskey. Downey is holding up a photo of Keskey.

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