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An MQ-9 Reaper flies a training mission Oct. 18, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. MQ-9 and MQ-1 Predator aircrews helped liberate Raqqah, Syria, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Combat RPAs integral in defeating ISIS
U.S. forces, coalition partners and Syrian Democratic Forces liberated Raqqah, Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October 2017. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014.
0 12/05
2017
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson speaks during an award dinner in Arlington, Va., Nov. 29, 2017. During the dinner Wilson presented members of the AC-130U Gunship aircrew known as "Spooky 43" the Mackay Trophy. First awarded in 1912, the Mackay Trophy honors the most meritorious U.S. Air Force flight of the previous year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank) Heroic "Spooky 43" aircrew receives the Mackay Trophy
On Nov. 2, 2016, fourteen AC-130U Gunship crewmembers provided close-air-support to a U.S. Special Forces team and 43 Afghan soldiers near Kunduz, Afghanistan. The crew's persistent fire support, presence of mind and courage during two hours of intense combat ultimately saved 50 lives.
0 12/01
2017
Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Bliss, Texas, look on as an F-16 Fighting Falcon executes a “show of force” in the skies over the National Training Center Range, Fort Irwin, Calif., during a Green Flag 15-08 training scenario June 12, 2015. In many situations, an aircraft executing a low pass over a conflict zone can act as a deterrent to potential enemy combatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz)
AF to grow, enhance Nellis group with close air support focus
Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base plans to restructure the 57th Operations Group to enhance its focus on close air support integration, Air Force officials announced Aug. 16.
0 8/16
2016
An Army Ranger from the 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Ranger Battalion, signals an aircraft to his team’s position at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 11, 2016. During this exercise, Rangers radioed coordinates to F-35A Lightning II pilots to simulate close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrea Posey) Army Rangers exercise close air support with F-35s
Although the Air Force separated from the Army in 1947, the two forces have a long history of working together to dominate the sky and ground in combat. This tradition continues today with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment's recent visit to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to conduct close air support exercises with a pair of F-35A Lightning II fighter jets.
0 3/08
2016
Four A-29 Super Tucanos arrive at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2016. The aircraft will be added to the Afghans' inventory in the spring of 2016. The A-29 Super Tucano is a 'light air support' aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Designed to operate in high temperature and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 Super Tucano is highly maneuverable 4th generation weapons system capable of delivering precision guided munitions. It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery. It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb) Afghan Air Force receives first four A-29s
The U.S. Air Force delivered four A-29 Super Tucanos to the Afghan Air Force Jan. 15 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan.
0 1/19
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF, sister services rally at Pentagon to focus on close air support
Representatives of each military service, joint warfighters, and civilian experts came together to discuss the future of close air support at an Air Combat Command-command hosted summit at the Pentagon, March 2-6.
1 3/09
2015
A Ranger tab hangs on the shoulder of 1st Lt. Casey Garner, following his graduation from the U.S. Army Ranger School Oct. 17, 2014, at Fort Benning, Ga. Garner is an air liaison officer with the 17th Air Support Operations Squadron and the first ALO to graduate from the course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan) An Air Force first: ALO graduates Ranger School
On average, more than 4,000 Soldiers go through the U.S. Army Ranger School each year. The number of Airmen who have completed the course since its inception in 1950 is only a little over 300.
15 10/23
2014
Tactical air control party specialists with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron survey an enemy-controlled landing zone before calling in close-air support  Aug. 14, 2014, at Operation Northern Strike in Grayling Air Gunnery Range, Grayling, Mich. Northern Strike was a 3-week exercise that demonstrated the combined power of joint and multinational air and ground forces. TACPs with the Air National Guard’s 169th ASOS from Peoria, Ill., and more than 5,000 other armed forces members from 12 states and two coalition nations participated in the combat training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) TACP-M ties it all together
Embedded deep within an Army maneuver unit lies an Airman. Charged with orchestrating critical close-air support, oftentimes it's the effort of this combat maestro that means the difference between life and death on the battlefield - he is known as a tactical air control party or TACP for short.
0 9/28
2014
Default Air Force Logo Air Force budget focuses on preserving capability, not aircraft
The debate over force structure reductions outlined in the Air Force’s fiscal year 2015 budget should be about capabilities and missions, not aircraft, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Senate here April 10.
6 4/14
2014
A C-130 Hercules takes off from the flightline carrying both Army and Air Force paratroopers, Dec. 11, 2013, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The Hercules is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. Close-air support key to strategic success
Known as CAS, close air support uses military aircraft in an attack against enemy ground forces that are in close proximity to friendly forces. This requires detailed coordination with ground troops and is typically conducted by joint terminal attack controllers. The use of CAS during wartime can be a critical strategic military tactic that has serious impacts on the outcome of ground warfare.
0 12/17
2013
A HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron takes off from Bagram Airfield, June 22, 2013. Recently a HH-60's and two 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt aircraft worked together during a mission saving 60 U.S. Army members lives. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade) Bagram pilots save 60 Soldiers during convoy ambush
Two A-10 pilots assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, provided close-air-support to 60 U.S. soldiers July 24.
11 8/06
2013
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