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2006 Weapons and Tactics Conference Held at D-M

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. -- The 2006 Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Command Weapons and Tactics Conference titled "Advancing the Fight - Technology and Tactics," was held at Davis-Monthan Oct. 16 through 19. 

More than 800 personnel representing Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and the Air Force active-duty total force attended the three-day conference that was hosted by the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Test Center in Tucson.

According to ANG/AFRC WEPTAC Chairman Lt. Col. Matthew Manifold, briefings for the conference focused on plans for developing and enhancing current weapon capabilities and tactical practices for use in combat conflicts now and possibly for combat engagements in the future.

Representatives from every communications and control asset such as the MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and military intelligence attended the conference as well as those representing the military's flying assets such as the A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighter Falcon, and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft.

"Everything from the use of equipment, weapons, satellites and anything we may need to fight current and future threats was discussed during the conference," explained Colonel Manifold.

According to ANG/AFRC WEPTAC coordinators, Davis-Monthan makes for an ideal location for the conference due to the A-10 test center located at the base and the four F-16 squadrons located at the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson.

The Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Command Weapons and Tactics Conference have hosted the conference at Davis-Monthan every year since 1998.