Photo Courtesy of the Hawgsmoke originator himself – Clifford “Cliffy” Latta


Hawgsmoke traces its heritage of 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. It was hosted by the Michigan ANG’s 172nd Fighter Squardron from Battle Creek. Col. Cliff Latta of the 172nd is credited with initiating Hawgsmoke. The 118th Fighter Squadron Bradley ANG – Connecticut won the overall competition. 


2002Hawgsmoke 2002 was hosted by the 118th Fighter Squadron at the Fort Drum Forward Operating Location in New York State. There, 17 teams and 62 aircraft competed, with the overall winner being the four member team from the 47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale AFB, LA. The 47th had come in second in 2000 and were determined to make up for unfinished business. Hawgsmoke 2002 focused on accurately dropping BDU-33s practice bombs, firing the AGM-65 “Maverick” missile, and strafing proficiency with the 30 mm Gatling gun. Much emphasis was placed on target acquisition as well.

2004HAWGSMOKE 2004:

Hawgsmoke 2004 was hosted by the 47th FS “Dogpatchers” and held at England Air Park, formerly England AFB,in central Louisiana. 18 teams and over 70 aircraft made the trip in anticipation of the competition, camaraderie, and celebration of the world’s premier CAS aircraft.

Keith SnyderUnfortunately, the competition was undone by forces of Mother Nature and the bad weather resulted in Hawgsmoke 2004 becoming known as “Hawgwash 2004.” Nevertheless, it was declared a success for the opportunity of the Hog community to get together, share experiences and party like rock stars.



With no winner from “Hawgwash 2004”, the 355th Fighter Wing picked u2006p the slack. Hawgsmoke 2006 was held 22-25 March at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. Adding even more to the luster of Hawgsmoke. The 2006 installment marked the 30th Anniversary of the A-10 and served as a homecoming for all Hawgdrivers due to the fact initial A-10 training is carried out at DM. With over 140 aircraft are on the ramp, the event went off without a hitch. After the scores had been tallied, the 303d Fighter Squadron from Whiteman AFB, MO emerged the winner.


The 303rd Fighter Squadron from Whiteman AFB, MO hosted Hawgsmoke 2008. The 190th Fighter Squadron “Skullbangers” from Boise Idaho won the overall competition. 


The Hawg Drivers from Boise took the title in 2008, so they hosted an outstanding event in 2010. Practicing at thei2010r home range for months on end, they were able to walk away victorious yet again, but not without the 354th Bulldogs hot on their heels. By regulation 11-202vol69, the hosting team is not allowed to host twice in a row, so the Bulldogs hosted in 2012.



The Bulldogs brought the fight back to the desert in 2012. Upping the level of difficulty, the Bulldogs decided to withhold the schedule of bombing and shooting e2012vents until the day prior to flying. Teams would then have to train to all disciplines: CCIP and HARS bombing and shooting, Maverick, and a timed low-level event. Emerging victorious in 2012 were the Instructor Pilots of the 357th Fighter Squadron.



Hawgsmoke in 2014 hosted by the 357th Fighter Squadron it was a mystery to the webma2014ster, so until someone sends him the results or some more information, all we have is this patch:


…however, the 47th Fighter Squadron “Terrible Termites” kept the trophy in the desert and was victoriuos in 2014.


Hosted by the 47th Fighter Squadron the “Terrible Termites” secured yet another victory in 2016! This was the second time in Hawgsmoke history that a team won back-to-back Hawgsmoke events.


In 2018 the 303rd Fighter Squadron from Kansas City MO hosted Hawgsmoke 2018 with great success, the 74th Fighter Squadron  emerging victorious.





Hawgsmoke 2020 was delayed a year due to COVID-19 but saw its return in 2021 after a 3-year hiatus with the 190th Fighter Squadron “Skullbangers” taking the all the trophies, where we will host this years Hawgsmoke 2022 on September 6-9th in Boise, Idaho.