SEPTEMBER 6-9 2022
This year the competition is being hosted by the Skullbangers of the 190th Fighter Squadron at Gowen Field, in 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 – 8 AUG 22
Sep 6th – Opening Ceremony is for Select Personnel Only!
Tuesday Sep 6th
All Day – A-10s Arrive
1700 – Arrival Party Begins
1800 – Opening Ceremony Begins
1830 – Missing Man Formation
1830 – Arrival Party Continues
2000 – Crud Tournament – Select Personnel Only
Wednesday Sep 7th
0930 – Brunch / LAO Brief at the Club
1200 – Golf Tournament Starts
1700 – Golf Tournamant Ends
1800 – Social Gathering – Place TBD
Thursday Sep 8th
All Day – Hawgsmoke Competition
All Day – A-10 Tours
1700 – Dinner for all VIPs & Distinguished Guests
1800 – Closing Ceremony & Awards
Friday Sep 9th
All Day – A-10s Depart