Like the name would suggest, an All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron is a unit whose mission is to attack and destroy surface targets, day or night, under any weather conditions. It’s also meant to conduct multi-sensor imagery reconnaissance, provide supporting arms coordination, and intercept and destroy enemy aircraft. You can call it the no-matter-what fighter attack unit.
This kind of concept, of course, is synonymous with America’s no-matter-what 911 service, the U.S. Marines. Logically, this type of unit needs constant and challenging training sessions to be able to deliver on such a broad mission.
In this video, the “Fighting Bengals” from the U.S. Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 (VMFA(AW)-224) and their F/A-18 Hornet jets head over to Salina, Kansas to participate in Exercise Jaded Thunder 17. Jaded Thunder is a joint services exercise to complete training requirements and prepare for future deployments. It includes joint forces integration by members of U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army units, as well as representatives of the U.S. Special Operations Command.
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