Salutes & Awards

November 22, 2013

62nd FS shines at Haboob Havoc

Tags:
Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

FROM LEFT: Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd Fighter Squadron B-Flight commander; Lt. Col. Frank Bricel, 69th FS assistant director of operations; Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander; Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd FS commander; and Maj. Sean Holahan, 69th FS instructor pilot, pose with the trophy for the overall winning team of the 3rd Annual Haboob Havoc competition. Shamsher placed first in the individual competition, which took place Nov. 8 at the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

The 62nd Fighter Squadron and its commander, Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, earned bragging rights for best squadron and pilot in the 3rd Annual Haboob Havoc competition.

Scores were broken down by individuals and also for each team. Awards were given for the best individual and team in each event, and one for overall performance.

The overall winning team was the 62nd FS led by Mann, who also placed first in the individual portion.

An assortment of airframes filled the skies Nov. 15 over the Barry M. Goldwater Range to compete in the annual air-to-ground challenge known as Haboob Havoc.

The competition was hosted by the 56th Fighter Wing at the BMGR.

“Teams are comprised of the best bombers in each squadron,” said Capt. Nicholas Rallo, 62nd FS C-Flight commander. “Squadrons hold internal practice flights to have instructors compete against each other to make the final team.”

The event was a day filled with four air-to-ground contests between seven squadrons from Luke AFB and Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson.

A great deal of prior planning and coordination took place between operations and maintenance personnel in order to use the jets that would best suit the competition.

“Each of our aircraft drop slightly differently and some are more accurate than others,” said Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd FS B-Flight commander. “We track that data throughout the year so we know exactly which aircraft are best suited to drop the most accurate bombs. They made sure we flew our best bomb-dropping aircraft.”

Using the tracking information, the top six jets are selected for use in the competition, two of them being spares, said 1st Lt. Michael Hampton, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant officer in charge.

“About three weeks before the competition, operations works with maintenance to ensure those jets are available and ready for use in the competition without interfering with the day-to-day mission,” he said.

“The overall commitment and willingness from the maintainers speaks volumes about the squadron’s working relationship,” Hampton said. “The team’s everyday effort and hard work was what enabled the pilots to achieve success.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

EOD called out for expertise

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered nume...
 
 

Strong followers challenge authority

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders...
 
 

Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities....
 

 
Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Thunderbolt joins elite Thunderbirds

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, took this photo March 15 during Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. She had no idea at the time that just a few months later she would b...
 
 

News Briefs July 25, 2014

Wanted: Airmen selfie videos The Air Force wants to hear from Airmen with unique stories about what led them to the Air Force, who are proud of their job and how it impacts the Air Force mission, or work in an exceptional unit. The 2014 American Airman Video Contest is open to all Airmen who...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin