La. Air National Guard hosts air combat training exercise

BELLE CHASSE, La. – The Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing participates and hosts F-22 Raptor and T-38 Talon aircraft and personnel from the 43rd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fl., in dissimilar air combat training (DACT) at the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, July 25, 2014. During the training, which is conducted in a reserved air space over the Gulf of Mexico, various aircraft swap adversarial roles as they are pitted against each other. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dan Farrell, 159th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office/Released)

BELLE CHASSE, La. – The Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing participates and hosts F-22 Raptor and T-38 Talon aircraft and personnel from the 43rd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fl., in dissimilar air combat training (DACT) at the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, July 25, 2014. During the training, which is conducted in a reserved air space over the Gulf of Mexico, various aircraft swap adversarial roles as they are pitted against each other. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dan Farrell, 159th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office/Released)

By Air Force 2nd Lt. Hampton Obier

159th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office

 

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing just concluded their two-week Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) with the 43rd Fighter Squadron, based in Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, at the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans, which began on July 18, 2014.

With multiple aircraft participating in the realistic war-type scenario, the combat training also provided a group of eight students new to the F-22 Raptor an opportunity to fight in simulated multi-aircraft war missions. The flying event staged the culmination of the air combat tactics training course.

“NAS JRB New Orleans offers a lot of training opportunities for air-to-air missions. The Louisiana Air National Guard’s F-15Cs integrate with F-22s to ensure Air Dominance,” said Col. Thomas “Cannibal” Sostarics, commander of the 159th FW. “It’s a lethal combination!”

“This training has been the most robust … we have brought more jets than ever before. The training has been world-class,” said Lt. Col. Glen “Nugget” Richards, director of operations for the 43rd FS.

The 43rd FS brought 14 F-22 Raptors and eight T-38 Talons to integrate into combat exercises with a squadron of F-15C Eagles belonging to the 159th FW.

The training incorporated bomber escort with participation from a B-52 Stratofortress out of Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, Louisiana. All aircraft combined to fly 352 sorties in a reserved air space over the Gulf of Mexico.