Hawgsmoke 2020

Event date:   14 – 17 Apr 2021

This year the competition is being hosted by the 74th Fighter Squadron and Veterans First Light (VFL) at Moody AFB in Valdosta Georgia.

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, with the last 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. Col. 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 2020 Hawgsmoke returns to the only base with two active duty A-10 squadrons, Moody AFB in Georgia.


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


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

Hosted this year, by the Flying Tigers, the 74th Fighter Squadron!

How to Donate

Our friends at Veteran’s First Light have volunteered to help us gather donations for the event. Please head over to their page and annotate in the notes section of your donation that you are supporting Hawgsmoke 2021.

Thank you!