• AFCENT Works to Improve Safety across the Coalition

    U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s Safety Directorate hosted a Chiefs of Safety Conference Sept. 6-7, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Among the 41 attendees who shared lessons learned to improve safety, were two Royal Air Force Airmen. This was the first time coalition members were invited to participate in this conference, which is held every
  • Not Forgotten

    When you walk into many dining facilities in the Air Force, you see it in the corner or off to the side: the lone chair and place setting. In the hurries of our day, we become numb to the sight of it: the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action table with a setting for someone who has never returned. Every year, on the third Friday of September, we
  • B-1B weapons loaders conduct combat-capability training

    Weapons load crews assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conduct a training exercise on a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron with inert munitions at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Sept. 13, 2018.
  • Vipers start your engines

    Maintenance members assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron perform an afterburner run on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 18, 2018. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter.
  • AFCENT command and control operations weather the storm

    As a violent force approached, the Airmen dug in to repel the force. It was just like an attack, but this one came from nature.Hundreds of miles wide, the force posed a devastating threat. Undeterred, the Airmen assessed the situation, developed and refined their plan and prepared to continue operations.  The force smashed into their northern and
  • Combat Agility

    Maintainers from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing catch F-22 Raptors at a forward deployed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 12, 2018. The maintainers left Al Dhafra Air Base on the KC-10 Extender that refueled the F-22s throughout the day. This highlighted the 380th’s ability to execute combat operations from various locations within the Area of Responsibility. U.S. Air Forces Central Command Airmen operate any time, any place and under any conditions in order to maintain air superiority and protect ground forces.
  • Guastella assumes command of AFCENT in historic ceremony

    Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. assumed command of U.S. Air Forces Central Command from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian during a ceremony here Aug. 30, 2018. U.S. Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, presided over the ceremony, which was held at AFCENT’s forward headquarters at Al Udeid Air Base for the first time.  AFCENT’s
  • Airpower operations highlights from July

      U.S. Air Forces Central Command published its monthly Airpower Summary today highlighting air operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria.  The full summary may be found at the monthly Airpower Summaries link.Airpower increases pressure on Taliban to reconcile After the
  • “Comms up! Targets down!”: Communications power AFCENT’s mission

    Have you ever had that morning where everything goes right? Your coffee is perfect, the kids were easy to get to school, no traffic on your way into work and then you go to log into your computer. That’s when everything changes. Your computer freezes. After you restart, finally the welcome screen pops up and you log on again. You open your email