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Arkansas ANG SOFEX

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Cook, left, a Joint Terminal Attack Controller instructor from the 75th Ranger Regiment and Army 1st Lt. Mark Faldowski, a fire support officer, both from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., look out over Razorback Range located at Fort Chaffee maneuver training center while communicating target information to A-10 Thunderbolt IIs flying overhead during a training exercise June 6, 2012. The 188th Fighter Wing, Fort Smith Air National Guard, hosted a week long Special Operations Exercise (SOFEX) with the 75th RR supported by an AC-130U Spooky gunship from Hurlburt Field, Fla. Nearing its second deployment to Afghanistan with the A-10, the 188th regularly conducts training with JTACs from different branches of service to sharpen its close air support mission.



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This work, Arkansas ANG SOFEX [Image 2 of 27], by MSgt Benjamin Bloker, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.06.2012

Date Posted:06.26.2012 17:42

Photo ID:612968

VIRIN:120606-F-YL744-104

Resolution:3600x2400

Size:3.49 MB

Location:FORT SMITH, AR, USGlobe

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  • Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, director of the Air National Guard, middle, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. William Wofford, Arkansas National Guard adjutant general, as Brig. Gen. Dwight Balch, Arkansas Air National Guard commander, left, looks on. Wyatt visited the 188th Fighter Wing, Jan. 18, and met with 188th leaders and officials with the City of Fort Smith. Wyatt also was able to gauge the 188th’s capabilities and assets during a helicopter flight over Ebbing Air National Guard Base and Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, where the 188th’s Detachment 1 Razorback Range is located. Wyatt was able to observe an exercise at Razorback Range involving the 188th’s A-10C Thunderbolt II “Warthogs” and the 188th Security Forces Squadron.
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