Weapons evaluations begin next week at Hill Air Force Base

An-10C Thunderbolt II. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia/A-10C Thunderbolt II

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, March 5, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Communities surrounding Hill Air Force Base will notice an increase in flying over the next two weeks as the Air Force conducts a weapons system evaluation in Utah.

“From March 9-18, A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the Maryland Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Squadron will be stationed at Hill for WSEP West, also known as Combat Hammer,” said a news release from Hill AFB. “Other units will also participate, but fly into the Utah Test and Training Range from off-station.”

During the exercise, airmen evaluate every aspect of air-to-ground weapons employment, from building and loading munitions, to aircraft and pilot performance hitting targets on the UTTR.

“WSEP West is conducted by 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Hill, which is the single DOD agency charged with conducting predictive battle-damage analysis of precision guided air-to-ground munitions using operational weapons, aircraft, maintenance personnel and aircrew,” the news release said.

While F-35’s from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings are not participating in the exercise, they will be conducting normal flying operations, and the airfield will be active from 8 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m. each weekday.


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