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Smoky Hill hosts Operation Air Force

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets visiting Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range on July 21 received a demonstration of the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron’s equipment.  Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles like the one pictured have saved numerous service members from death or injury by Improvised Explosive Devices.

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets visiting Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range on July 21 received a demonstration of the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron’s equipment. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles like the one pictured have saved numerous service members from death or injury by Improvised Explosive Devices.

Range Control Officer Maj. Todd Kavouras shows visiting cadets the inert weapons used in training at Smoky Hill. The cadets observed A-10 and F-16 aircraft dropping non-explosive concrete bombs like the one pictured.

Range Control Officer Maj. Todd Kavouras shows visiting cadets the inert weapons used in training at Smoky Hill. The cadets observed A-10 and F-16 aircraft dropping non-explosive concrete bombs like the one pictured.

Maj. M.D. Arnold, Director of Operations at the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron, explains the process of facilitating air strikes to U.S. Air Force Academy cadets July 21 at Smoky Hill.

Maj. M.D. Arnold, Director of Operations at the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron, explains the process of facilitating air strikes to U.S. Air Force Academy cadets July 21 at Smoky Hill.

Maj. Todd Kavouras shows cadets the type of weapons that are used by aircrews in targeting training conducted at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range. The cadets were visiting as part of a summer program called Operation Air Force, designed to familiarize them with officer career fields and Air Force operations.

Maj. Todd Kavouras shows cadets the type of weapons that are used by aircrews in targeting training conducted at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range. The cadets were visiting as part of a summer program called Operation Air Force, designed to familiarize them with officer career fields and Air Force operations.

Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range -- Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy's Class of 2012 visited Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range July 21 as part of Operation Air Force.

The program aims to help the cadets, who are committed to five years of active duty once they return to classes next month, choose the career field in which they will serve after commissioning in 2012.

Cadets observed a day of flying operations that featured A-10 and F-16 close air support. The training they witnessed included simulated operations by a Tactical Air Control Party unit.

During their three-week visit, the seven cadets spent one day with the 184th in order to gain perspective on the Total Force, learning what characteristics distinguish reserve components from active duty.
"After today, I can definitely say I like the Guard," Cadet Second Class Hanna Marlette said after the tour concluded. "I can see myself doing this after active duty."

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