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Tyndall F-22 unit participates in combat exercise

Airmen assigned to the 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., launch F-22 Raptor aircraft during exercise Combat Archer at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Airmen assigned to the 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., launch F-22 Raptor aircraft during exercise Combat Archer at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Staff Sgt. Anthony Ovechka, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team chief, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., inspects an AIM-9X missile installation on an F-22 Raptor aircraft prior to launch during the Combat Archer exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Staff Sgt. Anthony Ovechka, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team chief, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., inspects an AIM-9X missile installation on an F-22 Raptor aircraft prior to launch during the Combat Archer exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Senior Airman Isaiah Williams, a crew chief assigned to 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., performs final checks before launching an F-22 Raptor aircraft during exercise Combat Archer at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Senior Airman Isaiah Williams, a crew chief assigned to 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., performs final checks before launching an F-22 Raptor aircraft during exercise Combat Archer at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Airmen from the 325th Maintenance Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., strap GBU-32 bombs onto a trailer Aug. 2 at Hill AFB. The bombs were used during Combat Hammer, an exercise which took place at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb)

Airmen from the 325th Maintenance Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., strap GBU-32 bombs onto a trailer Aug. 2 at Hill AFB. The bombs were used during Combat Hammer, an exercise which took place at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb)

Senior Airman Sterling Vaughan, 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., cleans the canopy on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft before flight Aug. 3 at Hill AFB. Moody Airmen and aircraft were at Hill participating in a combat exercise known as Combat Hammer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb)

Senior Airman Sterling Vaughan, 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., cleans the canopy on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft before flight Aug. 3 at Hill AFB. Moody Airmen and aircraft were at Hill participating in a combat exercise known as Combat Hammer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Holcomb)

Airmen assigned to the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., prepare to offload 30 mm shells from an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft Aug. 3 at Hill AFB. Earlier in the day, the aircraft flew during an exercise known as Combat Hammer. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Airmen assigned to the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., prepare to offload 30 mm shells from an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft Aug. 3 at Hill AFB. Earlier in the day, the aircraft flew during an exercise known as Combat Hammer. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., takes off from Hill AFB, Aug. 2. Aircraft from Shaw participated in an exercise know as Combat Hammer at Hill and the Utah Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., takes off from Hill AFB, Aug. 2. Aircraft from Shaw participated in an exercise know as Combat Hammer at Hill and the Utah Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Military exercises Combat Hammer and Combat Archer ended August 18 at Hill Air Force Base and the Utah Test and Training Range.

During the exercises, Airmen assigned to the active-duty 95th and reserve 301st Fighter Squadrons from Tyndall AFB, Florida, tested their ability to build, load, launch and employ munitions, which were dropped and fired from Tyndall F-22 Raptor aircraft.

“Our Airmen gain a tremendous opportunity to prepare for future combat operations in the F-22 by performing in these exercises,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Lehoski, 95th Fighter Squadron detachment commander. “It builds confidence in our team, aircraft, and munitions through a mission-focused effort.”

The air-to-ground and air-to-air exercises are conducted by the 83rd and 86th Fighter Weapons Squadrons here. Their purpose is to collect and analyze data on the performance of precision weapons, and to measure their suitability for use in combat.

During the exercises, Lehoski noted that Tyndall F-22s dropped 32 precision guided munitions, employed 14 air-to-air missiles, and validated AIM-9X missile employment procedures, a first for Tyndall F-22s. Operations Airmen also flew integration missions with F-35, F-16, and F-15E aircraft, enhancing their ability to provide air dominance for America.

“We are tremendously appreciative of the support we have received from Hill AFB and both the 86th and 83rd FWS for giving the Airmen of Team Tyndall the opportunity to train at Combat Hammer and Combat Archer,” said Lehoski.

Airmen and aircraft, including A-10s from Moody AFB, Georgia, F-15Es from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, and F-16s from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, also participated during the past two weeks.