As a squadron, we have one goal: to create an immersive, realistic, and engaging simulation environment for our pilots.
How do we achieve this goal?
- Conducting operations designed with realism at the core.
- Flying month-long "campaigns," rotating scenarios, based on historical events and hypothetical future events.
- Representing a number of foes throughout our operations; from insurgencies and militant groups, to armed and organized conventional military opponents that the A-10 is or could hypothetically be employed against.
- Providing one-on-one instruction for our pilots. Before we conduct live operations, our pilots must be sufficiently equipped with the tools of knowledge required to deal virtual death.
We accept and welcome pilots of all skill levels! One on One training with any one of our Instructor Pilots is available anytime you are, learning at your own pace and discretion, within reason.
Our operations are scheduled through our Aviation Resource Management System, also known as ARMS. There, pilots schedule their "availability" in time blocks for both training and live operations. Official squadron events are also scheduled through ARMS.
Scenario Package Example:
"In June of 2017, relations between the NATO and EU-leaning Caucasus country of Georgia and it's northern neighbor, the much more powerful Russia, reached the breaking point following a diplomatic cutoff and the closing Roki tunnel that connected the two nations due to disputes over newly discovered oil deposits in the Black Sea. This allowed Russian backed South Ossetian separatists the justification they needed to declare formal succession from Georgia once more, and thus begin an ongoing insurgency in South Ossetia. Supplied with surplus Russian arms, the South Ossetian insurgents have inflicted significant damage to the small Georgian military, which is struggling to secure the border region, let alone deploy troops within the Ossetian border to conduct counterinsurgency operations. In August, Georgia formally requested help from NATO following the fall of Gori. NATO agreed to help the troubled country, deploying infantry and armored units to the frontlines of the insurgency, and providing air assets to begin counterinsurgency operations against the South Ossetian separatists. The 163d Fighter Squadron was selected to deploy to Tblisi, Georgia, in support of "Operation Armazi."