D-M hosts another Hawgsmoke

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 47th Fighter Squadron performs a low-angle strafe during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. Hawgsmoke is a biennial competition focused on tactics the A-10C can employ during combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 47th Fighter Squadron performs a low-angle strafe during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. Hawgsmoke is a biennial competition focused on tactics the A-10C can employ during combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron performs a low-angle strafe during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. Hawgsmoke took place over the course of two days and included individual and team scoring of strafing, high-altitude dive-bombing, Maverick missile precision and team tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron performs a low-angle strafe during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. Hawgsmoke took place over the course of two days and included individual and team scoring of strafing, high-altitude dive-bombing, Maverick missile precision and team tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga., performs a low-angle strafe during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. Hawgsmoke is a biennial competition focused on tactics the A-10C can employ during combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga., performs a low-angle strafe during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. Hawgsmoke is a biennial competition focused on tactics the A-10C can employ during combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga., performs a flying maneuver during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. The first Hawgsmoke competition began in 2002 where A-10 units across the globe competed in ground attacks and target destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga., performs a flying maneuver during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. The first Hawgsmoke competition began in 2002 where A-10 units across the globe competed in ground attacks and target destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

Members of local and international media photograph an A-10C Thunderbolt II during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. Thirteen A-10 units worldwide participated in this year’s competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

Members of local and international media photograph an A-10C Thunderbolt II during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. Thirteen A-10 units worldwide participated in this year’s competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga., banks left after performing a low-angle strafe during the Hawgsmoke 2016 competition at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. The competition took place over the course of two days and included individual and team scoring of strafing, high-altitude dive-bombing, Maverick missile precision and team tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga., banks left after performing a low-angle strafe during the Hawgsmoke 2016 competition at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. The competition took place over the course of two days and included individual and team scoring of strafing, high-altitude dive-bombing, Maverick missile precision and team tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 47th Fighter Squadron performs a flying maneuver during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. This is the third consecutive time Hawgsmoke has been hosted at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 47th Fighter Squadron performs a flying maneuver during the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., June 2, 2016. This is the third consecutive time Hawgsmoke has been hosted at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., retracts its landing gear after taking off from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2016. D-M hosted the biennial competition which scores strafing accuracy, high-altitude dive-bombing, low-angle high-delivery, Maverick missile precision and team tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., retracts its landing gear after taking off from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2016. D-M hosted the biennial competition which scores strafing accuracy, high-altitude dive-bombing, low-angle high-delivery, Maverick missile precision and team tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 442nd Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., lands at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2016. A-10s traveled to the Barry M. Goldwater Range to compete in the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 442nd Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., lands at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2016. A-10s traveled to the Barry M. Goldwater Range to compete in the 2016 Hawgsmoke competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

Two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs fly over the flight line during Hawgsmoke 2016 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 1, 2016. D-M hosted the biennial competition which scores strafing accuracy, high-altitude dive-bombing, low-angle high-delivery, Maverick missile precision and team tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)
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Two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs fly over the flight line during Hawgsmoke 2016 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 1, 2016. D-M hosted the biennial competition which scores strafing accuracy, high-altitude dive-bombing, low-angle high-delivery, Maverick missile precision and team tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 357th Fighter Squadron flies over the flight line during Hawgsmoke 2016 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 1, 2016. D-M hosted this year’s biennial competition comprised of nearly 50 A-10s from across the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)
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An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 357th Fighter Squadron flies over the flight line during Hawgsmoke 2016 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 1, 2016. D-M hosted this year’s biennial competition comprised of nearly 50 A-10s from across the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base hosted this year’s Hawgsmoke competition June 1-3.

The biennial competition focused on tactics the aircraft can employ during combat operations.

This year’s event concentrated on two major areas: the tactical massing of fires in minimum time in an opposed environment, and conventional weapons delivery.

The 47th Fighter Squadron was the winner of Hawgsmoke 2014, allowing this year’s competition to be held at D-M for the third consecutive time.

Hawgsmoke is a continuation of Gunsmoke, the USAF’s air-to-ground gunnery and bombing competition involving various units held at Nellis AFB, Nev., until 1995.

The first Hawgsmoke competition started in 2002, where A-10 units across the globe competed in ground attacks and target destruction.

“This year we have 13 competing teams,” said Lt. Col. Brett Waring, 47th FS Hawgsmoke project leader. “Four of which are located here at Davis-Monthan, nine teams that are coming in from across the continental U.S. and overseas, including one from the 20th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base, Korea.”

For the past three days, the skies of southern Arizona were buzzing with nearly 50 A-10Cs that participated in the competition.

“The best part about this is bringing the community together, and that’s not just the A-10 community, it’s this community,” Waring said. “Everybody loves airplanes, they love the city we live in, and we want to showcase what we do where we live, and who we do it for.”