122nd In Action

By Maureen Mespell

November 11, 2011 Updated Nov 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- With Friday being Veteran's Say it is a privilege to see our servicemen and women in action.

The 122nd Air National Guard trains their A-10C pilots weekly at a range near Madison Indiana.

The A-10C pilots fly from Fort Wayne to the Jefferson proving grounds in southern Indiana weekly to fly practice missions.

While there, the pilots are given orders from ground spotters and then use practice bombs and simulation ammo to hit assigned targets.

The A-10C is designed to support ground troops and training this often gives them an edge if they are ever called into action.

Lt. Col Craig Ash of the 122nd Fighter Wing says, "These are very important sorties for both us and the folks on the ground that are getting the training. The coordination that it takes between the ground forces and the air forces is significant and can impact how fast we can get weapons on target and weapons effects where they need them on the ground. These sorties are critical before you go over to a combat situation."

No need to worry if you were hearing those noises, the pilots were only using simulation ammo.

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