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    Photo Essay: Air Force A-10 Airmen hold September 2023 training at Fort McCoy, Part III

    Air Force A-10 Airmen hold September 2023 training at Fort McCoy

    Photo By Scott Sturkol | An Air Force Airman refuels an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft at Fort McCoy, Wis., on...... read more read more

    Air Force pilots guide A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft over the airspace and for landings on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis., on Sept. 14, 2023, as part of training operations at installation.

    Several A-10s completed taking off and landing at Young Air Assault Strip on South Post and flying routes over the installation.

    According to the Air Force fact sheet for the A-10C, the Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces.

    They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against light maritime attack aircraft and all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.

    The A-10C offers excellent maneuverability at low airspeeds and altitude while maintaining a highly accurate weapons-delivery platform.

    They can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time, are capable of austere landings and operate under 1,000-foot ceilings (303.3 meters) with 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometers) visibility.

    Additionally, with the capability of carrying precision guided munitions and unguided munitions, they can employ above, below and in the weather.

    A-10C pilots can also conduct their missions during darkness.

    Fort McCoy’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.

    The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.

    Learn more about Fort McCoy online at, on the Defense Visual Information Distribution System at, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.”

    Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app to your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or another installation as your preferred base.



    Date Taken: 09.26.2023
    Date Posted: 09.26.2023 15:02
    Story ID: 454347
    Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US

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