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Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system that uses noise jamming to disrupt enemy command and control communications and deny time-critical adversary coordination essential for enemy force management Compass Call dominates OIR with electronic warfare
Often times when we think about how air power is used in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, we think about cargo aircraft delivering critical supplies and personnel to the frontlines or bombs being dropped onto targets. What’s not often thought of is how the Air Force has the non-kinetic ability to disrupt enemy communications on the ground and therefore the ability to turn the tables on the battlefield.
0 8/31
2017
Senior Airman Richard Lawrence, a personnelist from the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron, provides overwatch at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Personnelists with the 451st ESPTS in and out-processes all members at KAF, handles decorations and other personnel functions. All Airmen, regardless of position, are responsible for the security and safety of the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) Revitalizing the squadron: Support Squadron enables airpower at KAF
A successful air campaign requires more than just aviators and maintainers—it needs Airmen to support every facet of airpower. Within the 451st Air Expeditionary Group, at Kandahar Airfield, there is a squadron designed to organically provide necessary support to project airpower in the region.
0 8/29
2017
Senior Airman David Tiradeau, a ramp coordinator assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, relays information to the air terminal operations center, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, August 15, 2017. ATOC works around the clock to keep cargo and personnel moving
Maintaining the inbound and outbound movement of cargo and personnel in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve requires careful coordination between a multitude of entities. In order for the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing to effectively complete its mission and deliver decisive airpower against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, it needs a nerve center to track aerial port operations: an air terminal operations center.
0 8/16
2017
Members of the 380th Expeditionary Medical Group medical operations flight prepare a pilot for transport with the assistance of French security forces during a joint crash exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, May 16, 2017. Coalition first responders worked together to provide joint response and care and to simulate how they would respond in the event of an aircraft mishap. [Faces of French personnel have been obscured at the request of l'Armée de l'air.] (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden) Coordinated response: Coalition forces conduct first joint crash exercise
Members of the U.S., French, Australian and other coalition air forces recently participated in a joint crash response exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, May 16, 2017.
0 5/22
2017
A 380th Air Expeditionary Wing KC-10 Extender pilot, 1st Lt. Andrew communicates with maintainers during a preflight inspection before flying a sortie in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Dec. 25, 2016. Since Oct. 2016, 380 AEW KC-10s have completed more than 1,500 sorties against Da’esh and Levant operations in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tyler Woodward) Expeditionary aircrew spends Christmas at 30,000 feet
A fog peeled back slowly from the flight line. Four aircrew members emerged from a transit van sharing witty banter and a few cheerful words as they moved their flight equipment towards a nearby KC-10 Extender.
0 12/28
2016
A U.S. Air Force Airman with the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron guides an Airman driving a Tunner 60K cargo loader at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Dec. 12, 2016. The 8th EAMS expertise in transportation and logistics enable them to inspect, temporarily store and load cargo such as munitions, blood, special operations cargo, hazardous materials, vehicles and medical supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti) Air mobility squadron expedites the fight
“You need it, we move it.” That is the saying of Airmen with the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron who enable rapid global mobility every day here at one of U.S. Central Command’s busiest en route stations.
0 12/27
2016
Vermont Air National Guard Master Sgt. Peter Callahan, 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons maintenance technician, ensures the forward laser strap of a of a 500-pound joint direct attack munition is straight during the assembly process at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia, Dec. 2, 2016. The bombs will be used to fight ISIL in Iraq, which is a threat to the international community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)(Released) Expeditionary group clears way for combat ops
When the Airmen of the 407th Air Expeditionary Group received notification in mid-October that they would bed down an expeditionary fighter squadron, they didn’t spare a moment getting ready.
0 12/16
2016
An EC-130H Compass Call prepares to taxi Dec. 5, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Compass Call employs a crew of roughly a dozen Airmen working together to jam Da’esh communications. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park) Compass Call targets ISIL through electronic attack
Military operations are complex. Attacking an adversary requires significant coordination and communication between a commander and their fighters. The fog and friction of war means that even the best laid plans are often adapted on the fly, and competent leaders need the ability to redirect their forces in real-time in order to react to enemy actions. If a commander can’t issue orders, his capabilities are severely degraded and his likelihood of success plummets.
0 12/14
2016
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender centerline refueling boom near Mosul, Iraq, Nov 20, 2016. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. R. Alex Durbin) AFCENT Tankers fuel the fight
In the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Iraqi counteroffensive to liberate Mosul, no nation works alone. In the skies, pilots from 19 nations work tirelessly to dismantle, disrupt and ultimately destroy ISIL by striking infrastructure, roadways and other high-value targets.
0 12/07
2016
The U.S.-led Coalition tasked with degrading and defeating Da’esh successfully executed a large scale, multinational strike on a weapons facility in Al Hadithah, Iraq, Oct. 31. The package included a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s, French Air Force Dassault Rafales, Royal Danish Air Force F-16s, Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets and Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16s. (U.S. Air Forces Central Command Graphic) Coalition airstrike demonstrates synergy among nations
The U.S.-led Coalition tasked with degrading and defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant successfully executed a large scale, multinational strike on a weapons facility in Al Haditha, Iraq, Oct. 31.
0 11/07
2016
Maj. Met Berisha, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron commander, shares his condolences for six fallen Airmen during a fallen comrade memorial ceremony Oct. 3, 2015, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The Airmen lost their lives when their C-130J Super Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2015. Capts. Jordan Pierson and Jonathan Golden, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond and Senior Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris were pilots and crew members. Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz and Senior Airman Nathan Sartain were security forces fly away security team members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cierra Presentado) Airmen in C-130 crash identified, memorialized
The six Airmen assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing who died Oct. 2 when their C-130J Super Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, were identified Oct. 3 by the Defense Department.
11 10/03
2015
Airmen with the Expeditionary Contracting Squadron inspect a construction site at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 11, 2015. Contracting Airmen will usually inspect a work site at least monthly to ensure the work is progressing as agreed upon within the contract. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown) Small but mighty: ECONS packs a punch
Airmen with the Expeditionary Contracting Squadron can tell you first hand what’s missing. From the construction flight to the services flight, all the way to the commodities flight, if you take them away, you end up with a deployment no one really wants to be on.
0 2/20
2015
Master Sgt. John McCoy poses for a photo Oct. 10, 2014, on Minot Air Force Base, N.D. McCoy is a member of the last six Air Force EOD flights to come home and is a three-time bronze star recipient. He currently is the 5th Bomb Wing Explosive Ordinance Disposal flight chief. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Master Sgt. Charlene Spade) Thirteen years later, EOD returns home
Thirteen years, 19,000 missions in Afghanistan, 36,000 in Iraq - and now the last of the Air Force explosive ordnance disposal units are finally home.
0 10/16
2014
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian speaks to the media in a press briefing at the Pentagon, Sept. 29, 2014, about what airpower can accomplish against a threat like ISIL. He indicated that while airpower has played a significant role in the current fight, a broad coalition will be the cornerstone for achieving mission success. He discussed the wide range of Air Force capability available to combatant commanders and the professionalism of Airmen charged with conducting missions. Harrigian is the assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements. (U.S. Air force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)
'Decisive' air power thwarts ISIL's capabilities, official says
Air power has stymied Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, with the Air Force accomplishing 74 percent of the more than 240 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since Aug. 8, a senior Air Force official told reporters at the Pentagon Sept. 29.
1 9/29
2014
Gen. Michael Hostage speaks to the audience on the importance of maintaining combat capabilities with minimal resources during the Air Force Association's 2014 Air and Space Conference Sep. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Hostage is responsible for organizing, training and equipping combat-ready Airmen for peacetime and wartime defense. Hostage is the commander of Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matt Davis) ACC commander outlines imperatives for the Combat Air Force
“The ability to provide dominant combat airpower underpins our nation’s ability to pursue and protect our vital interests, and without it, we put at risk the precious bastion of liberty, the United States of America.”
0 9/17
2014
Members of the 439th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron security forces pose for a photo just after receiving Air Force Combat Action Medals during a ceremony  Sept. 2, 2014, at Forward Operating Base Oqab, Kabul, Afghanistan. The Airmen were recognized for actions defending FOB Oqab,  Afghan air force’s Kabul Air Wing and a NATO base, all located on Kabul International Airport, from a complex attack July 17, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond) Security forces team awarded Combat Action Medal for fighting off base attack
Thirty-nine security forces Airmen received the Air Force Combat Action Medal Sept. 2, for their actions in defending U.S., NATO, and Afghan military bases from an insurgent attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.
14 9/05
2014
Oregon Army National Guard, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers from load onto a C-17 Globemaster III Aug. 13, 2013, bound for Afghanistan from Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania. The flight is one of more than 500, deploying and redeploying transportation missions, that the U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Air Force's 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron have supported since opening the transit hub in February 2014. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Brandon Hubbard) Romania air base replaces Transit Center Manas
Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, located 25 miles northwest of the Black Sea city of Constanta, started operations in February 2014 and has already processed more than 85,000 troops.
0 8/22
2014
Tech. Sgt. Matthew McKenna salutes Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold Aug. 18, 2014, after being awarded the Silver Star during the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron awards ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. McKenna was the fourth 22nd STS member to earn the medal for operations conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan McKenna is a 22nd STS combat controller and Heithold is the the Air Force Special Operations Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson) Silver Star awarded to Special Tactics Airman
Four combat controllers and two tactical air control party members from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron were presented eight medals during an awards ceremony Aug. 18.
1 8/19
2014
U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Smith, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade medic, reviews a patient's medical records during a patient transfer in Afghanistan, July 2014. Smith is a Devils Lake, North Dakota native deployed from Fort Campbell, Ky. Medevac typically flies with two aircraft and a team of four and may include a fifth with an en route care nurse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch) Joint trauma system vital link to saving lives
A loud explosion hits close, shaking the dust from the walls. Sirens start going off and servicemembers run to check on everyone near the impact site. The 9-line report comes across the net. Helicopter rotors start spinning. The wounded receive their first care from a medic who also completes a Tactical Combat Casualty Care card. A medevac helicopter soon lands to take the wounded to a hospital. While in flight, the medical team generates a Patient Care Record and later fills out an After Action Report. These forms are the first step in data flow to the Joint Theater Trauma System. JTTS team members gather data from combat medical records and upload the data into a registry for analysis by teams in the U.S. The system is guiding developments of best practices across the military medical system including equipment enhancements to help prevent injuries and improvements in care. JTTS also has helped improve pre-hospital, patient movement, medical treatment facility, chronic care and lifelong rehabilitation.
0 8/04
2014
Gen. Mike Hostage speaks to Air Force Association members about maintaining mission readiness despite fiscal challenges, July 29, 2014, in Arlington, Va. The AFA engagement was a part of a breakfast series to allow senior Air Force leaders to speak to the public and media about critical issues affecting the military. Hostage is the commander of Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) ACC commander: Readiness key to America’s combat power
Maintaining combat mission readiness in the midst of sequestration and budget cuts is a top concern for Air Combat Command and its commander Gen. Mike Hostage.
0 8/01
2014
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