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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) Raqqah liberated: Combat RPAs in the fight
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. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014. Combat remotely piloted aircraft such as the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper were heavily integrated during combat operations to liberate the city. RPA aircrews tirelessly flew more than 44,000 hours and employed approximately 20 percent of the coalition strike effort.
0 12/04
2017
Staff Sgt. Kevin, a 432nd Wing sensor operator, flies a mission June 13, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Kevin and other MQ-9 aircrew members assisted the Government of National Accord and other coalition partners to remove Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters from Sirte, Libya. In December when Sirte was declared liberated, Reaper aircrews had shot over 60 percent of the 495 U.S. conducted airstrikes of Operation Odyssey Lightning, 70 percent of those were ‘danger close’ employments, a term used to describe a minimum distance of risk from a munitions explosion to friendly forces. Providing freedom from terror: RPAs help reclaim Sirte
In May 2015, Sirte, Libya, still recovering from the fallout of civil war, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces. It took a year until the United Nations backed government of Libya, the Government of National Accord, launched an offensive to retake the city. On August 1, 2016, the Pentagon announced Operation Odyssey Lightning in which United States military forces would join the GNA against ISIS. While U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jets and AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters struck ISIS territory in the limelight, remotely piloted aircraft aircrews provided dominant persistent attack and reconnaissance from imperceptible altitudes over Libya quietly from their cockpits in the U.S. In fact, the crews were overhead Sirte gathering information before the operation even began.
0 8/01
2017
The new Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper is loaded with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, a GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb and a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition April 13, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. On 23 June, 2017, the latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the Block 5 variant, was successfully flown in combat in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The aircrew flew a sortie of over 16 hours with a full payload of weapons including GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. During the mission, the crew employed one GBU-38 and two Hellfires while providing hours of armed reconnaissance for supported ground forces. The Block 5 is equipped with improved electrical and communications systems which provides better software and hardware upgrades for future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen)
New Block 5 MQ-9 debuts in combat
On 23 June, 2017, the latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the Block 5 variant, was successfully flown in combat in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The aircrew flew a sortie of over 16 hours with a full payload of weapons including GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. During the mission, the crew employed one GBU-38 and two Hellfires while providing hours of armed reconnaissance for supported ground forces.
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In 2016, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircrews assisted coalition partners in the reclamation of Manbij, Syria, from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces. Pilots and sensor operators assigned to squadrons across the 432nd Wing and the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing provided the close air support and reconnaissance needed for coalition partners to drive ISIS fighters out of the city. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen) MQ-1, MQ-9 aircrews help liberate Manbij
In 2016 MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircrews assisted coalition partners in the reclamation of Manbij, Syria, from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces. Pilots and sensor operators assigned to squadrons across the 432nd Wing and the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing provided the close air support and reconnaissance needed for coalition partners to drive ISIS fighters out of the city.
0 4/05
2017
An crew chief with the 407th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron onto the ramp after arriving at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia, Dec. 10, 2016. About 300 Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard arrived in the past few days to support the F-16 mission here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) Vermont ANG joins fight against ISIL
Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Vermont Air National Guard arrived here Dec. 10, to join the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
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An crew chief with the 407th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron onto the ramp after arriving at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia, Dec. 10, 2016. About 300 Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard arrived in the past few days to support the F-16 mission here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) Vermont ANG joins fight against ISIL
Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Vermont Air National Guard arrived here Dec. 10, to join the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
0 12/12
2016
Members of the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron showcase the aerial port for U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, Nov. 23, 2016 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. During his visit, Carlisle noted that the cargo and passengers the 386th transports are vital for current operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park) COMACC visits 386th AEW, praises Airmen’s contributions to the fight
U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, his wife, Mrs. Gillian Carlisle, and Chief Master Sgt. Steve K. McDonald, command chief master sergeant of ACC, visited Airmen deployed with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 23.The purpose of their visit was to gain an appreciation
0 11/24
2016
Tech Sgt. Ronald Gowen, a 387th Air Expeditionary Squadron logistician, left, helps Staff Sgt. Dylan Collins, a 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial porter, right, with securing a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle in the cargo area of a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 4, 2016. Gowen is currently embedded with  the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron as he awaits transfer to a joint unit. Airmen’s skills vital to joint fight
There is an area near many flight lines where items wait to be loaded onto aircraft. Toyotas lined up hood to bumper, resembling rush-hour traffic jams. Pallets stacked with bags of rice or ammunition sitting in precise rows. Armored vehicles waiting to be started up so they can head to the flight line and join the fight. This may seem all too familiar for aerial porters and loadmasters, but to one Airman, these items tell a far greater story.
0 11/14
2016
A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing takes off from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct. 19, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Kee/Released) 386th AEW Marauders bring fight to enemy
Since its activation in 2002, the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing has been pivotal in the battle against violent extremism. The wing’s primary focus is delivering decisive airpower throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to provide stability to the region, a job that currently encompasses three separate flying missions.
0 11/02
2016
A pilot assigned to the 389th Fighter Squadron walks along the top of an F-15E Strike Eagle Oct. 1, 2016, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The 389th FS is currently deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Connor J. Marth/Released) Gunfighters Deploy in Support of Operation Inherent Resolve
The 389th Fighter Squadron and the 726th Air Control Squadron deployed hundreds of airmen over the month of October. The 389th FS provides combat airpower while the 726th ACS adds airspace capabilities to the mission in Southwest Asia for six months.
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2016
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