BLACKSNAKES IN CONTACT

COMBAT REPORT// INDIANA ANG

The 163rd Fighter Squadron ‘Blacksnakes’ is one of four A-10C units assigned to the Air National Guard. In recent years, the unit has demonstrated the adaptability of the ‘Warthog’ and its operators by flexing between missions and theaters.

An A-10C assigned to the 163rd EFS over Afghanistan in May 2018 during a mission surge known as ‘Resolute Support’. USAF/ SSgt Corey Hook

WHEN THE INDIANA Air National Guard’s 163rd Fighter Squadron ‘Blacksnakes’ deployed to Central Command (CENTCOM) in 2014, it was to underscore the usefulness of the A-10 to senior leaders at a time when the type was under the real threat of mass extinction.

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