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U.S. Navy trains with 190th Fighter Squadron

A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet with the Strike Fighter Squadron 32 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia, takes off from Gowen Field, April 25, 2019 in Boise, Idaho.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet with the Strike Fighter Squadron 32 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia, takes off from Gowen Field, April 25, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. VFA-32 was participating in day and night training operations with the 190th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedee Wilds)

GOWEN FIELD, Idaho --

Three squadrons of F-18 Super Hornets from the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Air Wing Three, Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia visited Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho to perform day and night training operations with multiple A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 124th Fighter Wing’s 190th Fighter Squadron, April 22-30, 2019.


The F-18s and A-10s flew twice a day with a training objective to increase close air support proficiency and maintain combat readiness.


“In order to maintain combat readiness, it is critical that we train with units from other services that operate different fighter aircraft,” said Col. Tim Donnellan, commander of the 124th Fighter Wing. “This type of training is invaluable in order to establish interoperability before we partner in combat.”


The opportunity to train with different units and different aircraft gives the pilots the skills and experience needed to excel in a joint combat environment.