391st FS participates in Combat Archer, Hammer

By Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published April 03, 2018

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The 391st Fighter Squadron departed for Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, to participate in Combat Archer and Hammer March 25, 2018.

Amn Tasha Trainor, 391st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, parks an F-15E Strike Eagle April 2, 2018 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Exercise Combat Archer and Hammer provide an opportunity to evaluate a unit’s capability to employ a variety of weapon systems throughout all stages of the process, from storage and preparation, to use on target. (Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

391st Fighter Squadron members perform a FOD walk before take-offs at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, April 3, 2018. The 391st FS participated in exercises Combat Archer and Hammer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Jeremy L. Mosier)

These exercises provide aircrew and maintainers from the 366th Fighter Wing an opportunity to evaluate their ability to employ a variety weapons systems throughout all stages of the process.

“Exercises like Combat Archer and Hammer give us an idea of how a missile performs,” said Capt. Zachary Zimmerman, 391st Fighter Squadron flight commander. “Also, they help build confidence in the weapon system and the aircraft itself, so when a munition comes off a jet in combat we know exactly how it is going to perform.”

During these exercises units improve efficiency of deploying a variety of munitions, to include the AIM9X.

A 391st Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, during Combat Archer and Hammer April 2, 2018. Exercises Combat Archer and Hammer provide aircrew and maintainers the opportunity to evaluate their ability to employ a variety of different munitions. (Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

Although aircrew and maintainers work with the loading and employing of munitions at home station, Combat Archer and Hammer provide the opportunity to work with larger quantities of live munitions in a short period of time.

“These exercises allow us to evaluate our complete kill chain of a weapon system,” said Lt. Col. Robert Olvis, 391st Fighter Squadron commander. “Being able to go from our munitions troops who build the weapons, to the maintainers who load the weapons, to testing the actual combat system itself to include the aviators who go out and employ those weapons.”

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