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Fallen Hawg remembrance ceremony marks the start of A-10’s 2018 Hawgsmoke competition

The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition.

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II performs aerial maneuvers before the start of a Fallen Hawg remembrance ceremony Oct. 17, 2018, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. The Hawgsmoke competition is an opportunity for camaraderie, fellowship of the world's premier close-air support fighter, and a legacy for its pilots and support crews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Pfiester)

The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition.

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft line the flightline at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2018 in preparation for the 2018 Hawgsmoke competition. The Hawksmoke competition is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Pfiester)

The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition.

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II performs aerial maneuvers before the start of a Fallen Hawg remembrance ceremony Oct. 17, 2018, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. The Hawgsmoke competition is an opportunity for camaraderie, fellowship of the world's premier close-air support fighter, and a legacy for its pilots and support crews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Pfiester)

The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition.

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft perform aerial maneuvers before the start of a Fallen Hawg remembrance ceremony Oct. 17, 2018, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. The Hawgsmoke competition is an opportunity for camaraderie, fellowship of the world's premier close-air support fighter, and a legacy for its pilots and support crews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Pfiester)

The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition.

Logs burn inside a ceremonial fire pit during a remembrance ceremony Oct. 17, 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Pfiester)

The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dennis Saugstad, the 303d Fighter Squadron director of operations, gives his opening remarks during a remembrance ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2018. The remembrance ceremony was held in honor of fallen A-10 pilots and signals the start of 2018 Hawgsmoke competition, which is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition derived from the discontinued "Gunsmoke" Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Pfiester)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --