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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
Members of the 867th Attack Squadron stand at attention for a group photo on Dec. 15, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Return of the legacy: 867th ATKS turns 100
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The 867th Attack Squadron reflected on a remarkable heritage as it celebrated its 100th anniversary of its activation, Aug. 25, 2017, as the 92d Aero Squadron.
0 8/25
2017
Members of the 489th Attack Squadron stand at attention during a group photo Dec. 14, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. A legacy of valor: 489th ATKS achieves centennial
The 489th Attack Squadron has played an important part of airpower and reached its centennial anniversary on Aug. 13, 2017, despite multiple duties and designations.
0 8/16
2017
An MQ-9 Reaper stands ready to provide warfighters with persistent attack and reconnaissance to the U.S. and joint coalition partners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Adarius Petty) Red Flag 17-3 integrates MQ-9 Reaper
MQ-9 Reaper aircrews from the 732nd Operations Group stationed at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., participated in Red Flag 17-3 from July 10-28, 2017 at Nellis AFB, Nev. During this Red Flag, the MQ-9 crews aimed to prove the Reaper’s multi-role capabilities and train over new and evolving tactics.
0 7/31
2017
An MQ- 1 predator sits in a hangar Feb. 14, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.  The 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron flies the remotely piloted aircraft to destroy enemy targets and collect intelligence in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann) It takes a team to fly a Predator
They may not see it, but U.S. service members and their enemies are directly impacted by MQ-1 Predators on the field of battle nearly constantly. These remotely piloted aircraft have two purposes: collecting intelligence and destroying enemy targets, and they are exceedingly good at accomplishing their mission. Airmen assigned to the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron are tasked with keeping these vital assets flying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
0 2/22
2017
A QF-16 drone sits on the flightline before its first flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 10, 2017. Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, piloted the drone during the first flight since the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 transitioned from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney) QF-16 takes flight at Holloman
The QF-16 drone took its first flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2017. The manned sortie was the first for the QF-16 at Holloman AFB since the retirement of the QF-4 Phantom in 2016.
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2017
An MQ-1 Predator flies a training mission Dec. 12, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. An MQ-1 aircrew destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device heading toward approximately 850 friendlies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen) MQ-1 airstrike stops car bomb
The MQ-1 Predator aircrew sat in the ground control station focused intently on their screens. Tension filled the air as they assessed the situation and began calculating the risks of destroying an armored vehicle suspected of carrying explosives. The remotely piloted aircraft crew started their shift the same as any other, attending the crew brief before flight. As they arrived in the GCS, the battle environment was changing, thrusting them into a life-or-death situation.
0 1/27
2017
An MQ-1 Predator flies overhead during a training mission Dec. 12, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The MQ-1 and the MQ-9 Reaper, help operators provide unique and unmatched situational awareness on the battlefield due to their exceptionally long loiter times. The aircraft can stay in the air for approximately 23 hours attributing to their glider construction, lightweight composite builds and efficient engines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Eye in the sky: MQ-1, MQ-9s provide increased awareness
Situational awareness is the ability to know what is happening around a person at any given time. This is especially important for military members, more specifically, troops on the ground. For the men and women operating MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft, their skills of providing unmatched SA is highly demanded from the ground forces to the combatant commanders.
0 1/26
2017
Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron commander, flies a QF-16 across the horizon May 12 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The QF-16 is a Full Scale Aerial Target that has been modified to be flown with a pilot in the cockpit for training and also without a pilot as a target for live missile testing. The 82nd ATRS received their first QF-16 in September of 2014 and will continue to transition their full scale aerial target program to the new model over the next several months. The 82nd ATRS operates QF-4, QF-16 and BQM-167 targets to provide manned and unmanned aerial targets support for programs across the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sara Vidoni) QF-16 reaches operational capability milestone
Air Combat Command declared Initial Operational Capability Sept. 23 for the QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target.
0 9/26
2016
Staff Sgt. Ron, 432nd Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector, left, and Tech. Sgt. Bryan, 432nd Maintenance Group technical order distribution office, right, inspect a torque wrench and laptop May 3, 2016. QA inspects every aspect of maintenance performed on MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers including the support shops to ensure Airmen have the right tools to complete the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released) Assuring maintenance quality for the MQ-1, MQ-9 mission
Quality assurance (QA) Airmen in the maintenance world are known by many titles; the “best of the best”, the “eyes and ears”, and even “sharks in the water” for their "no nonsense" attitudes where maintenance is concerned.
0 5/09
2016
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