The A10, flown by Air Force pilots, shoots sixty bullets a second, is used for search and rescue and the most requested flying asset during war.
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Travis is the 47th Fighter Squadron Commander.
"Our job is to bring combat forces to wherever they're needed. We're ready for that" says LtCol. Travis.
Pilots train with the Army for more than two weeks before deployment during a Green Flag exercise.
Lieutenant Colonel Pat McKeever is the 548th Combat Training Squadron Commander.
"We make mistakes here in the exercise sometimes and we debrief. We learn from them and we get better. The lessons we learn here make us better when we deploy and that saves lives" says LtCol. McKeever.
After training, the next time these pilots and soldiers will talk to each other is during combat--- when the airmen support the soldiers.
"When a contact situation develops and the goods guys are on the ground, and they need help, big brother, the U.S. Air Force is overhead ready to provide the devastating fire power and protect the friendlies" says McKeever.
Green Flag training goes on all day and all night.
Barksdale supports training during day, twilight and night. They put an emphasis on training for the most difficult tasks that will be encountered in combat: Close Air Support, Combat Search and Rescue, live full scale weapons employment, airfield attack response, convoy escort, armed over watch and integration between air and ground forces.
"You got to practice it you got to practice it slow, fast, in good weather and in bad. When that guy on the ground needs you to do it right, you don't get a second chance" says McKeever.
"If I can read his mind on what he needs, then I can get sensors and weapons on target, it's a dance" says Travis.