by Micah Garbarino
75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
5/18/2015 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Airmen
from across the country completed the Combat Hammer weapons evaluation
at Hill Air Force Base and the Utah Test and Training Range May 8-14.
"If you enjoy watching action movies, you get to see that real world and
live," said Maj. Jonothan Reid, deputy director of operations for the
Utah Test and Training Range. "It's an opportunity to see everything
work as advertised."
Airmen from Utah, Missouri, Virginia and Florida participated -- loading
weapons, generating sorties and employing live and inert munitions on
targets at the UTTR, with F-15s, F-16s, F-22s, B-52s and B-2s. The full
"employment chain" was tested as pilots, maintainers and ammo troops
demonstrated their abilities to use the weapons, and evaluators watched
the weapons' functionality as they hit the targets.
"Some of these crews, it's the very first time, that they've had an
opportunity to employ these weapons. It's also a test for those who are
loading and handling them," said Lt. Col. Scott Logan, 86th Fighter
Weapons Squadron commander, from Eglin AFB, Fla. "It makes it easier
deploying weapons in a test environment, than doing it for the first
time in combat."
The testing was exhausting and expensive. Some crews worked 12-16 hour
days, and by the end of the exercise hundreds of weapons were employed.
"We want to make sure that we're delivering the best combat capability that Americans deserve," Logan said.
Hill Air Force Base provides unique benefits for the program.
"There are several reasons we've been coming here for a while. At the
UTTR we have highly instrumented cameras and test equipment and the
space to test things that we cannot in other places. We also enjoy the
support of the 75th Air Base Wing, 388th Fighter Wing and the local
community," Logan said.