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  • Same team, different uniform: The story of an Iraqi translator who became an American Airman

    Airman 1st Class Saeed Shnawa is an Iraq native who served as a translator for coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2017.
  • Augmenting the AOR: Cable Dawgs connect service members to the fight

    Communications, in some shape or form, touch every single part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission. From advanced air-strike capabilities to a simple phone call home; a simple fiber cable, often less than .05 millimeters in diameter, can change a missed opportunity into a successful mission.
  • Airmen support Q-West airfield alongside Iraqis

    The average day for air traffic controllers involves a lot of moving parts and Airmen working constantly to ensure safe and secure air flow. For Qayyarah Airfield West, Iraq, this rests solely on the shoulders of just a few people.Not only do those Airmen control the airspace, at the airfield commonly called ‘Q-West’, they also work side-by side
  • Service dog helps veteran with PTSD (Part 2)

    After battling night terrors and the pain and anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder for decades, an Air Force veteran found his lifeline at the end of a dog leash.
  • Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; a veteran's story (Part 1)

    Post-traumatic stress disorder carries him into the depths of fear and pain; reliving images of death and destruction. Closing his eyes to night terrors at sundown and fighting through daily anxiety attacks eventually pushed him to the brink of suicide so he could put an end to the never-ending cycle.
  • Shared tears and triumphs define Memorial Day for 920th Rescue Wing commander

    A year-and-a-half into commanding the 920th Rescue Wing, Col. Kurt A. Matthews is getting ready to attend his fourth burial. Tragedies of the past year brought Memorial Day into perspective for 2,000 Airmen that serve with the 920th Rescue Wing, along with Matthews, who has seen the scars left by Vietnam in his own family.
  • Ensuring the fallen are sent home with honor

    Upon returning from the theater of operations to the U. S., a solemn dignified transfer is conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, when a Air Force carry team transfers the remains from the aircraft to a transfer vehicle to honor those who have given their lives in service to America. Fallen service members, however, have stops to locations like here along the way before they head home to their family.
  • Leaving the AOR on their own terms

    Eight wounded warriors, who have visible and invisible injuries from combat, were on a mission to find closure by returning to the place of their traumatic incident through Operation Proper Exit, April 4-8, 2018.
  • Two Air Force Reserve pararescuemen among 7 Airmen killed in Iraq helicopter crash

    Two Air Force Reserve pararescuemen, Master Sgt. William Posch, 36 and Staff Sgt. Carl Enis, 31, are among the seven Airmen killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq, March 15, 2018.
  • US Air Force aircraft crashes in western Iraq

    At approximately 6:45 p.m. GMT March 15, 2018, an Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The crash does not appear to be a result of enemy activity. This incident is under investigation.
  • Coalition live-fire exercise enhances Iraqi combat capabilities

    The first coalition live-fire exercise for the Iraqi Forward Air Controller course took place at Besmaya Range, Iraq, March 4-8, 2018.
  • C-17 crews help realign assets to Afghanistan

    A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, located at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, has its belly full of shipping containers and pallets of equipment belonging to the Army’s Bravo Company, 244th Military Intelligence Battalion. The load is moving from Iraq to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO Resolute Support missions.
  • Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team established in Iraq

    U.S. Air Forces Central Command, in coordination with Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, stood up a Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team in Iraq Feb. 1, 2018.
  • RPA aviators recognized with Doolittle Award

    Airmen assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, received the Air Force Historical Foundation’s 2017, James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Award, Jan. 30, 2018, at the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., for their contributions to aviation history.
  • 386th ELRS moves thousands of passengers, cargo

    The Air Force is required to move hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo a year in support of military operations around the world. The importance of this mission is clear for the men and women who serve the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.
  • Around the Air Force: Jan. 12

    On this look around the Air Force, Iraqi maintenance airmen are certified, the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron passes the reins of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission and the 20th Air Force commander is confirmed by the Senate. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Robert Kingery.
  • Year-end review: 386th AEW remembers banner year

    As the world celebrated the passing of another year, and looked to the future with optimistic hope, the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, and its leadership, reflected on its accomplishments.
  • How ISIS was defeated in Iraq (Hint: It’s thanks in part to air-ground teamwork)

    For more than three years, the people of Iraq have endured unspeakable suffering under the dark shadow of Islamic State terrorists. That shadow has now receded, as a result of the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces that was declared in early December 2017, by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
  • CJTF-OIR mission brings twin brothers together during deployment

    Throughout the history of the military it has remained common for generations of men and women to follow in their family members’ footsteps and serve their country proudly. It’s also not unheard of for siblings to join together and serve together.
  • A-10 pilot spits fire in fight against ISIS

    Originally tasked to deploy as an A-10 pilot in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi saw his mission change before even leaving the U.S. Instead of manning his aircraft, he was given the opportunity to lead others as the commander of the 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron and accepted the position.
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