Hawgsmoke 2022

Event date:  September 6th – 9th, 2022

This year the competition is being hosted by the Skullbangers of the 190th Fighter Squadron at Gowen Field, in Boise, Idaho.

2021 Hawgsmoke Champions – 190th Skullbangers – Boise, Idaho

Hawgsmoke traces its lineage to the now-discontinued “Gunsmoke” event. Gunsmoke was the USAF’s air-to-ground gunnery and bombing competition with multiple airframes held at Nellis AFB. The last Gunsmoke event was held in 1995.

The inaugural Hawgsmoke was in 2000 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Michigan, hosted by the Michigan ANG’s 172nd Fighter Squadron. Colonel Cliff Latta is credited with initiating Hawgsmoke; which is now a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition.

This tournament is a unique and intense challenge for Hawg Drivers as each squadron pits its best pilots against the same tactical situation in order to find out who is truly the best. It is also an opportunity for the pilots and support crews to share in the camaraderie and legacy of the world’s premier close air support fighter.

In 2022 Hawgsmoke returns to the great state of Idaho and home of the Skullbangers.

Current itinerary, as of 27 Apr 22:

Sep 6th                Arrival

                                Arrival Social

                                Opening Ceremony

                                Missing Man Formation

                                Warbird Flyover

                                Arrival Party

Sep 7th                Brunch / LAO Brief

                                Golf Tournament

                                Social Gathering

Sep 8th               Hawgsmoke Competition

                                A-10 Tours

                                Cornhole / Crud Tournament

                                Closing Ceremony / Awards Banquet

Sep 9th               Departure

Hawgsmoke 2022 Promo Video

Due to technical difficulties not all A-10 squadrons were represented in this video.
Video courtesy of the 124th Wing Public Affairs.




2022 Hawgsmoke Target

15′ x 5′ navy blue Dodge Dakota 2wd and has Texas license plates. Registered to some guy named “Papa”…ATTACK!


Photo Courtesy of Colin Moeser

2000 – 118th Fighter Squadron
Bradley ANGB, CT

2002 – 47th Fighter Squadron
Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

2004 – None

2006 – 303d Fighter Squadron
Whiteman AFB, MO

2008 – 190th Fighter Squadron
Gowen Field ANGB, ID

2010 – 190th Fighter Squadron
Gowen Field ANGB, ID

2012 – 357th Fighter Squadron
Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

2014 – 47th Fighter Squadron
Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

2016 – 47th Fighter Squadron
Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

2018 – 74th Fighter Squadron
Moody AFB, GA

2020 (21) – 190th Fighter Squadron
Gowen Field ANGB, ID

Medal Count

190th Fighter Squadron – 3

47th Fighter Squadron – 3

118th Fighter Squadron – 1

303rd Fighter Squadron – 1

357th Fighter Squadron – 1

74th Fighter Squadron – 1


Click here to see a list of all the A-10 units.

Hosted this year, by the 190th Fighter Squadron – The Skullbangers!

190th Fighter Squadron
25th Fighter Squadron
47th Fighter Squadron
66th Weapons Squadron
74th Fighter Squadron
75th Fighter Squadron
76th Fighter Squadron
104th Fighter Squadron
107th Fighter Squadron
163rd Fighter Squadron
303rd Fighter Squadron
354th Fighter Squadron
357th Fighter Squadron
358th Fighter Squadron
422 Test and Evaluation Squadron

How to Donate

2021 Hawgsmoke Champions – 190th Skullbangers – Boise, Idaho

For donation information please use our contact page to let us know you are interested and we’ll get back to you with our information packages. If you already know the amount you would like to donate then please follow the donate button below. If you have any questions or would like to send a check instead please contact the Idaho National Guard MWR Director Jessica Bate at 208-272-8235 or jessica@idngmwr.com.

All donations will be going to the Idaho National Guard MWR which is a non-profit 501 (c)(19) organization and is not part of the Department of Defense and has no governmental status. 

We sincerely thank you for your support, without the help of donations from individuals and industry partners, this event wouldn’t be possible! 

A special thank you to all the wonderful organizations who have donated to this amazing event. With your donation you have made Hawgsmoke Great Again! Thank You!

A special thank you to a former Skullbanger Gabe Nelson (Idaho State Sales Manager) who has graciously volunteered his time in having the best whiskey producer represent Hawgsmoke 2022.

RNDC is one of the nation’s leading wholesale beverage alcohol distributors, specializing in wine and spirits. Thank you so much for your contribution to Hawgsmoke 2022.

Special thank you to Ashley at Aviator Gear for making this years Hawgsmoke 2022 patches…they turned out AMAZING! Highly recommend Aviator Gear for any personalized aviation swag. Click on pic for more details.

“R & R Roof Solutions has been providing quality service at a fair price in Boise since 2003. Veteran owned by former A-10 pilot Johnny Reyes.”

Falcon Crest Golf Club features twenty seven holes of championship golf and a nine hole executive course. Idaho’s premier practice facility and three different courses to test your skills and expand your game.

A Father-Son trio who are passionate about military aviation. A special thank you to Scott, Bob, and Steven for their wonderful donation. Click on the picture for more information.

Special thank you to Abby Parra with Walz Tetrick Advertising for contributing to the development of our Hawgsmoke 2022 Flyer.