Yesterday’s Air Force: 9/11 response Published Sept. 9, 2016 By Tech. Sgt. Jarid Watson Air Force TV FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- It wasn't long after the terror attacks of 9/11 that the Air Force responded in a big way. On Oct. 7, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom began. In the initial months, Air Force bombers flew night and day, conducting strikes on Taliban and al-Qaida positions across Afghanistan. U.S. air superiority continued with the help of Air Force joint terminal air controllers as they called in strikes from the ground and fought to oust the oppressive Taliban government, as well as destroy the al-Qaida terrorist network. Yesterday's Air Force is a history and heritage featurette series profiling significant people and missions from the Air Force's past.