Images: Arkansas ANG SOFEX [Image 2 of 27]
Photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Bloker
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.