KC-135 Refuels British and Australian Fighters

02/05/2016: U.S. Air Force KC-135 crewmembers from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, refuel two Australian F-18s and two British Typhoons over Iraq. The aircraft being refueled are used in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  Credit:U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs:12/22/15  

Training Peshmerga

01/22/2015: Earlier, we have argued that the training of the Peshmerga is a significant element of not only defeating ISIS but in building a post-Baghdad transition in Iraq. Here we are providing a series of updates on that training effort, being engaged in by the United States and several key…

Air Marshal Davies Visits Air Task Group

11/22/2015: Newly appointed Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, recently visited the Air Task Group (ATG) in the Middle East region. Davies is seen aboard both the KC-30A tanker and the Wedgetail AEW aircraft. The RAAF ATG is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a…

USS Kearsarge Embarked Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Strikes ISIL

11/23/2015: ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 19, 2015) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), launches from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their first missions over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Kearsarge is deployed to…

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Longest Combat Flight to Date

11/23/2015: A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning, control and surveillance aircraft set a new record by flying a 17.1 hour operational mission over Iraq and Syria.  Along with a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and six F/A-18A Hornets, the Australian aircraft participate in close air…

KC-10 Refuels Danish F-16s

09/21/2015: A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels Danish F-16s over Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, August 30, 2015. Credit:U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs:8/30/15 According to Gary Schaub, Jr.: Denmark has been a stalwart ally of the United States since 1999, participating in operations in…

E-7A Wedgetail’s contribution to OP OKRA

08/31/2015: The Australian Air Task Group E-7A Wedgetail aircraft and personnel deliver airborne early warning and control support to Coalition aircraft operating in Iraq and Syria as part of the US-led Coalition air campaign. The single goal of the air campaign is to disrupt and degrade Da’esh’s operations, while the…