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  • “LUCKY” reaches prestigious milestone

    The F-15E Strike Eagle, a fearsome multirole fighter, reigns supreme in the air-to-ground arena. One specific Strike Eagle, “LUCKY”, recently reached a prestigious milestone, reaching 15,000 flight hours during a combat sortie on May 17, 2024, while deployed within the U.S. Central Command area of

  • Commentary: 1st Expeditionary Theater Support Group (ETSG)

    Born out of necessity, the 1st Expeditionary Theater Support Group (ETSG) has continually proven its worth to help reduce the see-do gap between the long-term strategic planning of AFCENT staff and the tactical daily mission at the Air Expeditionary Wings (AEWs) through its first year of existence.

  • OPERATION Inherent Resolve: The ‘Air Force Blue Line’

    Throughout June, U.S. Air Force Col. Rhett Brown, 387th Air Expeditionary Group commander, conducted a battle circulation with Airmen deployed to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility in support of OPERATION Inherent Resolve’s Defeat-ISIS mission throughout Iraq and Syria.The U.S. Air

  • Talons Entwined: Exercise Falcon Talon 2024

    U.S. Air Force Central’s 378th Air Expeditionary Wing and Pakistan Air Force Airmen recently conducted the fifth iteration of Exercise Falcon Talon, a bilateral Field Training Exercise focused on tactical-level counter-terrorism, air-to-ground weapons employment, and subject matter expert exchanges,

  • E-11A Aircraft play key role during humanitarian airdrops in Gaza

    The E-11A Aircraft equipped with the Battlefield Airborne Communication Node, assigned to the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, has played a mission critical role in facilitating humanitarian airdrops in Gaza since early March 2024.The BACN acts as a communication relay and gateway

  • Two Outgoing AFCENT Leaders Parting Words on the CAOC

    Canadian Air Force Brig. Gen. Sid Connor, director of the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC), and U.S. Air Force Col. Julie Sposito-Salceies, commander of the 609th Air Operations Center (AOC), recently concluded their tours. Under their leadership the CAOC navigated new regional security

  • Strategic bombers soar across Arabian Peninsula

    U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress long-range strategic bombers integrated with U.S. and Coalition Forces throughout the Middle East, June 12 and 14, including passes through the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, as part of Bomber Task Force, a rotational bomber presence in the U.S. Central Command area of

  • AFCENT drops over 1 million meals into Gaza

    U.S. Air Forces Central, the Royal Jordanian Air Force, and coalition partners began conducting humanitarian aid airdrops on March 2, 2024, to provide essential relief to civilians in Gaza. After three months, U.S. airdrops provided nearly 1.2 million Meals Ready to Eat from U.S. stockpiles, over