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An MQ-9B SkyGuardian glides beneath the clouds July 10, 2018, over Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Northrop Grumman Corporation, both tenants of Grand Forks AFB’s enhanced-use lease, launched the SkyGuardian with support of the 319th Operations Support Squadron. The SkyGuardian’s flight is the first trans-Atlantic flight for a high-altitude, long-endurance remotely-piloted aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez) Grand Forks AFB enables historic trans-Atlantic flight
Grand Forks Air Force Base recently served as the launch site for the first trans-Atlantic mission by an MQ-9B SkyGuardian, which took off July 10, 2018.
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Maj. Phillip, 732nd Operations Group chief of intelligence (center), his grandfather Jerry (left) and his father Patrick (right) celebrate Maj. Phillip’s promotion March 31, 2018, in Las Vegas. Jerry and Patrick have also served in the U.S. Air Force and retired after more than 20 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley Stevens) A family legacy: 65 years in the making
As he rolled open his desk drawer to reveal a military patch once worn by his father, Maj. Phillip’s gaze lingered on the 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing emblem in his grasp. His eyes seemed to search for the memories woven between the black and maroon threads before setting it down next to his keyboard. Many families connect through movie nights, snacking on popcorn, rooting for their favorite sports team or singing those ‘80s classics, but this Major’s family founded a tradition within the years they dedicated to the U.S. Air Force.
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Airpower Over Hampton Roads spectators check out the MQ-9 Reaper at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, May 20, 2018. Cloudy skies and rain did not deter visitors from paying a visit to JBLE over the air show weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley Stevens) Creech Airmen bring RPA enterprise to ACC headquarters
Aircrew, maintainers and support personnel with the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing displayed the MQ-9 Reaper at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia for the Air Power Over Hampton Roads airshow, May 18-20, 2018. 432nd WG Airmen made the journey to Langley AFB, Air Combat Command headquarters, to help members of ACC, as well as the local community, understand how the Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise works alongside other U.S. Air Force assets.
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Spectators get an up-close and personal look at the MQ-9 Reaper April 28, 2018, during the Joint Base Charleston Air & Space Expo at JB Charleston, S.C. During the air show more than 80,000 spectators had the opportunity to learn about the MQ-9 and its mission from the Airmen who fly, maintain and support it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Reaper showcased at JB Charleston Air & Space Expo
Remotely piloted aircraft pilots, sensor operators and maintenance personnel from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., showcased their MQ-9 Reaper alongside science, technology, engineering and math displays April 27-28, 2018, at the Joint Base Charleston Air & Space Expo at JB Charleston, S.C.
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An MQ-1 Predator taxis on the runway March 9, 2018, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Today, the MQ-1 took flight for the last time at Creech, marking its retirement and the transition to an all MQ-9 Reaper force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Thompson) Sun setting the MQ-1 Predator: The final salute
The Air Force held the MQ-1 Predator’s official retirement ceremony with Airmen from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise leaders, and MQ-1 alumni March 9, 2018, at Creech. The MQ-1 ceremony included the final local flight by the Airmen of the 489th Attack Squadron and the last combat line flown by the 15th Expeditionary Attack Squadron in an undisclosed area of responsibility.
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The Predator started as an RQ-1 in the late 1990s, providing only reconnaissance capabilities until the early 2000s, when it was equipped with two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and designated as a multirole asset. Sun setting the MQ-1 Predator: A history of innovation
The MQ-1 Predator is a Remotely Piloted Aircraft flown by aircrew assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech and units around the world. It has contributed to the U.S. warfighting efforts in unprecedented ways and is scheduled to sunset on March 9, 2018 as the Air Force transitions to an all MQ-9 Reaper force. With the introduction of aerial warfare, countries all over the world raced to the skies to gain tactical advantage over their adversaries. Devices such as balloons were used in early conflict for reconnaissance and, while the thought of such technology seems primitive today, that same pursuit of aerial superiority ultimately inspired the MQ-1.
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Ms. Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, executive director of the Doolittle Foundation and granddaughter of Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, and retired Lt. Gen. Christopher Miller, president of the Air Force Historical Foundation, present the General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle award to Col. Julian Cheater on behalf of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Jan. 18, 2018, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle award is presented to units who display gallantry, determination, espirit de corps and superior management of joint operations in accomplishing its mission under difficult and hazardous conditions in multiple conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman James Thompson) Doolittle legacy honored, RPA aviators continue to deliver justice
There were moments, which through their pure magnitude galvanized the nation, inspiring those to act, forever altering the fabric of our lives. In the weeks following the attack on Pearl Harbor, one group of men would attempt the impossible and forever shift the course of history. Today, these men, known simply as the Doolittle Raiders, continue to inspire Airmen to defend the nation, hunting down her enemies and delivering justice, anytime, anywhere.
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Tech. Sgt. Stephen, 432nd Aircraft Communications Maintenance Squadron, mission defense team lead, about a new Remotely Piloted Aircraft initiative during his visit to Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 9, 2018. Goldfein visited the Airmen of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing to view RPA operations firsthand and to discuss the future of the enterprise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Nadine Barclay) Fight’s On: CSAF shares combat-minded perspective
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein toured Creech for an in-depth look at the Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise and the many Airmen who work around the clock to assure mission success Jan. 9, 2017. As a former MQ-9 Reaper pilot, Goldfein has previous experience within the RPA community. However, on this visit, he had the opportunity to tour the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and base operations.
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Chief Master Sgt. Jaime Auger, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, Col. Julian Cheater, 432nd WG/432nd AEW commander, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, Air Forces Central Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Montgomery, Air Force Central Command command chief, take a photo Jan. 8, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Harrigian visited with the 432nd WG/432nd AEW and 799th Air Base Group Airmen who deliver persistent attack and reconnaissance 24/7/365 against the nation’s enemies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Next level of RPA operations, USAFCENT commander recognizes Airmen
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Air Forces Central Command commander, visited the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, which played a key role in the liberation of more than 99 percent of ISIS-held territory in in 2017, Jan. 8, 2018. Harrigian met with the 432nd WG/432nd AEW and 799th Air Base Group Airmen who deliver 24/7/365 persistent attack and reconnaissance among the most requested downrange assets against our nation’s enemies.
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Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, speaks to Airmen selected as superior performers during his visit to Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 6, 2018. Holmes visited the Airmen of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing to view Remotely Piloted Aircraft operations firsthand and to discuss the future of the enterprise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) COMACC visits Creech to discuss RPA enterprise future
The Commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, and ACC Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, visited the men and women of Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 6, 2018. Holmes and Batten met with Creech leadership to discuss future installation and mission opportunities. They also toured operational squadrons to greet the Airmen of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and see them perform their critical mission.
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