Hail to the Boneheads
95th Fighter Squadron receives Raytheon Trophy, a top U.S. Air Force honor
They led airstrikes on the Islamic State group and flew international patrols over Europe.
For those missions and many others, the U.S. Air Force has presented one of its top honors – the Raytheon Trophy – to the 95th Fighter Squadron of Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.
Or, as they call themselves, the Boneheads.
"These guys and these families have been on the road for quite a bit this year. All those things take their toll over time, and it’s really good to see them celebrate,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Derek C. France, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing. “I’m really, really proud of the men and women of the 95th … and the entire wing, because it truly is a wing effort to win this trophy.”
The squadron flies the F-22 Raptor, a stealthy twin-engine fighter jet. Its pilots spent 241 total days deployed in 2015, working in 12 countries across three continents.
The Air Force awards the Raytheon Trophy every year to its top squadron in either air superiority or air defense. The trophy dates back to 1953 and was started by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Raytheon bought parts of Hughes’ defense business in 1997. Air dominance is a major area of focus for Raytheon, which produces a wide range of radars, jammers, decoys, avionics, weapons and targeting systems.
“Our national security and military is the best in the world due to teams like this one,” said Richard W. Hunt, vice president of U.S. business development for Raytheon, who presented the squadron with the trophy at an award ceremony.
Hunt, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, visited the squadron and observed training exercises.
"I was impressed, reassured, and very proud," Hunt said, "… seeing that same unequalled warrior spirit that I have witnessed the last four decades in our soldiers, sailors, marines and of course airmen.”
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