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First Lt. Andrew, a 380th Air Expeditionary Wing KC-10 Extender pilot, 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 October 2016, 380th AEW KC-10s have completed more than 1,500 sorties against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant operations. (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, a 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.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) 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 taxis 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 ISIL 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
An F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender centerline refueling boom near Mosul, Iraq, Nov 20, 2016. The F-15E 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/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 the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant successfully executed a large scale, multinational strike on a weapons facility in Al Hadithah, Iraq, Oct. 31. The package included a 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.
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2015
Airmen with the Expeditionary Contracting Squadron inspect a construction site Feb. 11, 2015 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. 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.
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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 explosive ordnance disposal flights to come home and is a three-time bronze star recipient. He currently is the 5th Bomb Wing EOD 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.
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