‘Hamilton’s Own’ looks to skies for joint ops training
The pilot of an A-10 Thunderbolt of the Air Force National Guard’s 303rd Fighter Sqdn. from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flies low over a Fort Riley range March 27, as he provides close air support to artillerymen with the 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., 1st ABCT. Photo by: Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.
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Artillerymen with the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division were at the range recently for their Table XV gunnery.
Training March 27 included close air support from four A-10 Thunderbolts of the 303rd Fighter Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The squadron is an Air Force National Guard unit.
The joint training also included Airmen from Fort Riley's 10th Air Support Operations Squadron.
This is the first time in more than 10 years a Fort Riley unit has integrated artillery and A-10 support. The pinnacle point of the training allowed the battalion's joint fires observers to talk directly with the Air Force.
A training plan for integrated artillery and A-10 support didn't exist, and brigade, division and Air Force planners worked for six months to create one. The battalion's gunnery continues with Table XVIII, which is taking place in conjunction with the brigade's fires coordination exercise.