• Reaper drops first precision-guided bomb, protects ground forces

    The MQ-9A Reaper demonstrated it's unique precision strike capability as a hunter-killer attack platform by dropping its first precision-guided bomb Nov. 7. "The beauty of the MQ-9 Reaper is that we're able to synchronize and integrate unmanned aerial attack platforms over the skies of Afghanistan, allowing us to persistently and consistently track
  • Denmark, Canada hone close air support skills alongside USAF JTACs

    Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, specialists in airpower embedded in ground units to assist Airmen in delivering the effects of airpower, are used to working in multi-service and multi-national operations. In order to replicate the collaborative environment of the modern battlefield, planners at Atlantic Strike VI invited close air support
  • Close air support exercise challenges aircrews, ground forces, base support

    The cool evening is still as three camouflaged insurgents watch an Army patrol approach their village. Unbeknownst to the saboteurs, an Air Force targeting pod is closely watching their position and relaying information to the ground commander. Suddenly, a deafening explosion drowns out all sound and the overwatch position is engulfed in smoke,
  • Airpower Summary for November 7

    Coalition airpower integrated with Coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Nov. 7, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. In Afghanistan, he MQ-9A Reaper demonstrated it's unique precision strike capability as a hunter-killer attack
  • Warfighters gather to train for close air support operations: Atlantic Strike VI evolves into 'the most focused JTAC training available'

    More than 200 warfighters from around the world gathered this weekend in the little-known Avon Park Military Training Complex in central Florida to combat a simulated enemy force comprised of insurgent groups, roadside bombs and hidden snipers. In order to complete their missions, teams of blended forces must use the warfighters most flexible and
  • Airpower Summary for November 4: Airdrop, Airdrop, Airdrop!

    How do Coalition ground forces keep the enemy on the run in Afghanistan's mountainous terrain where roads are extremely limited (or simply don't exist) and still manage to get much needed supplies? Airdrop! Airdrop! Airdrop! For six days, from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, the U.S. Air Force achieved more than a 99% recovery rate for airdropped supplies in
  • Balad Fallen Airman Memorial adds three warriors

    The names of three Airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice were added to the Fallen Airman Memorial here Nov. 4. Special Agents Thomas Crowell, David Wieger and Nathan Schuldheiss died of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device Nov. 1. "All three were outstanding role models, exceptional warriors and great American patriots who died in
  • Fallen OSI agents honored

    A memorial service was held here Nov. 4 to honor the lives of three Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. Airmen and Soldiers gathered to pay their respects and celebrate the lives of Master Sgt. Thomas A. Crowell, 36, of Neosho, Mo.; Staff Sgt. David A. Wieger, 28, of North
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