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Combat Hammer exercise helps readiness at Barksdale

Jun 17, 2022

Airmen from the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Unit performed the Combat Hammer exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana on June 7.

The Air Force has increased its focus on readiness for rapid deployment and sustainment capability. During the Combat Hammer exercise last year Maj. Ellen Williams, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron operations officer, said:

“Combat Hammer is different from other exercises as it tests and evaluates the complete chain of the weapons system from the munitions storage facility, to the aircraft, to the target. The results measure our level of effectiveness.”

Airmen from across the wing participated in end-to-end evaluations to assess proficiency in all areas, from the Airmen who built the bombs to the Airmen who dropped them.

Combat Hammer measured the wing's effectiveness and lethality in combat by evaluating the wing's ability to produce, load, and deploy conventional weapons.

Videographer Nia Jacobs shared the experiences of Airmen during the Combat Hammer exercise at Barksdale AFB. Watch the video below:
 

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