146th hosts Hill AFB F-16s
By Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis, 146th AW
/ Published February 24, 2014
2/8/2014- CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD STATION, Calif. -- F-16 aircraft from Hill Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Squadron in Salt Lake City, Utah shared the ramp with C-130s from the 146th Airlift Wing for two weeks in January, 2014. The F16s were participating in a U.S. Marine Corps Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) near Twenty-nine Palms, Calif. and with the U.S. Navy off the shore, as the local geography and weather climate provide the perfect training environment.
"The support of the 146th Airlift Wing and in particular the LRS (Logistic Readiness Squadron) has been amazing, making this a preferred location to come back to," said Lt. Col. Todd Robbins, F-16 aircraft commander. "The hospitality, support, and willingness to make things happen, to help our pilots and get the training they needed was outstanding."
Many of the full-timers at the 146th Airlift Wing as well as local area residents may have been wondering what all the extra loud flying noise was all about. Chief Master Sgt. Ron O'Connor from Communications Flight was seen coming out of his building wondering what all the noise was coming from.
"We were talking and all of a sudden the noise was deafening," said Senior Airman Nick Carzis of the Public Affairs Office. "Our back door was open, and Chief O'Connor and I went out to see what was going on. It's not too often that we get to have these aircraft around."
The ITX provided an opportunity to hone close air support skills with Navy and Marine Corp air assets, communicating with all participants and ensuring that ground forces are safe.