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Sept. 19, 2018

MQ-9 Reaper featured in 2018 Air Force Marathon

The MQ-9 Reaper was this year’s featured aircraft for the 22nd annual Air Force Marathon Sept. 13-15, 2018 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. MQ-9 aircrew, maintainers and intelligence Airmen traveled to the marathon with the aircraft in order to share its persistent attack and reconnaissance capabilities and the role they play in today’s military operations.

Sept. 17, 2018

MQ-9 squadron earns AFA honors for innovation, lethality

The 89th Attack Squadron earned the Air Force Association’s 2018 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Trophy Sept. 17, 2018, at the Air, Space and Cyberspace conference held Sept. 17-19, at National Harbor.

Aug. 30, 2018

Phantom of Takur Ghar: The Predator above Roberts Ridge

A once quiet landscape turned battlefield, the clash of gunfire and shouts ripped through the Shahi-Kot Valley in the early hours of March 4, 2002. As part of an early war effort that targeted al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan, the Battle of Roberts Ridge is still known as one of the deadliest engagements during Operation Anaconda. Above the Takur Ghar mountain top, an MQ-1 Predator aircrew became an unforeseen, close air support asset for a desperate joint special operations team in their time of need.

Aug. 21, 2018

From helos to chapels: The journey to helping others

While the dust settles for just a moment before the hot wind whisks it away once more in the desolate Nevada desert, the Chaplain is making his rounds. He’s chatting up Remotely Piloted Aircraft Airmen and checking up with how they’re doing, however, he’s no ordinary Chaplain. Today, Chaplain Matthew uses knowledge acquired over a 25-year military career serving in multiple specialties throughout different branches of service to counsel and assist combat Airmen.

Aug. 16, 2018

Creech, Nellis host first-ever joint K-9 combat training

Creech and Nellis Air Force Base military working dog teams conducted a joint training exercise Aug. 8, 2018, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This was the first integrated combat readiness training with teams from both bases of its kind.

Aug. 13, 2018

Creech Airman earns Tuskegee Airmen honors

In September 1940, the Tuskegee Institute began training African American pilots who would go on to fly more than 15,000 sorties during World War II, destroy or damage 273 German planes, and inspire the integration of U.S. armed forces. Today, outstanding Airmen are recognized with the Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated military awards named after previous Tuskegee Airmen who distinguished themselves despite the adversity they faced during their time in service.

July 11, 2018

Air Force awards first Remote device: Dominant persistent attack aircrew recognized

The Air Force’s first-ever remote “R” device was presented to aircrews of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing July 11, 2018 at Creech. Col. Julian C. Cheater, 432nd WG/432nd AEW commander, ceremoniously presented the Meritorious Service Medals and Air Force Commendation Medals with the device.

June 27, 2018

Creech child care: Taking care of the Hunter family

In an effort to address child care needs for 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing families, Creech received its own Family Child Care coordinator. Understanding child care coordination and options available is an important priority. The base’s remote location and 24/7/365 mission demands flexibility on the home front, and up until now, the only option for families was working through the 99th Force Support Squadron’s FCC staff located one hour away at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

June 25, 2018

Sisters in service: Closing the joint warfighter’s diversity gap

The Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium was held June 20-22 at the San Diego Convention Center and included attendees from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and other service members from 20 different countries. As the largest gathering of military women in the nation, it marked the 31st annual symposium hosted by the Sea Service Leadership Association. While both men and women are welcome to attend, about 30 men and 1,200 women took part in the symposium.

June 8, 2018

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.