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Sept. 29, 2020

Pipeline MQ-9 Pilots step into leadership

As the demand for MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers around the world steadily grew in 2009, a new career field of aviators emerged to pilot them.

Feb. 11, 2020

Dormant, not deactivated: 42nd ATKS end of operations

The 42nd Attack Squadron ended its combat operations and flew its final sortie down-range out of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 31, 2020.

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. 25, 2017

Return of the legacy: 867th ATKS turns 100

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The 867th Attack Squadron reflected on a remarkable heritage as it celebrated its 100th anniversary of its activation, Aug. 25, 2017, as the 92d Aero Squadron.

Aug. 3, 2017

Inspired by air show, boy becomes USAF pilot

Inspiration can be fleeting or it can be enduring. As seven-year-old boy, Richard felt this powerful drive during a family outing to an air show, he had no idea it would shape his future career helping him become a U.S. Air Force pilot. "Lethbridge was the first air show I went to when I was a kid,” said Maj. Richard, 432nd Wing MQ-1 Predator pilot. "We looked at all the airplanes and there wasn’t a single airplane that made more of an impression on me than the C-5 [Galaxy] did. I was just enthralled and I didn't quite know why, but even at that age I knew I wanted to be a part of it and fly it. It became my greatest dream."

May 31, 2017

Total Force wingmen enable MQ-1, MQ-9 mission

In the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper community, active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen incorporate as a total force integration to provide 60 combat lines or 60 aircraft in the air, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This team of aircrew, maintenance and other career fields ensure mission success by enabling persistent strike and reconnaissance capabilities to eliminate enemies and keep ground and coalition forces safe.

April 3, 2017

MQ-1, MQ-9 aircrews help liberate Manbij

In 2016 MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircrews assisted coalition partners in the reclamation of Manbij, Syria, from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces. Pilots and sensor operators assigned to squadrons across the 432nd Wing and the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing provided the close air support and reconnaissance needed for coalition partners to drive ISIS fighters out of the city.

March 10, 2016

Piecing the puzzle together, RPAs provide crucial CAP capabilities: Planning the mission

It’s a common myth that remotely piloted aircraft (RPA’s) such as the MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper fly themselves as autonomous super machines. Another misconception surrounding RPA’s is the aircraft require only a single pilot and sensor operator to function. In fact, the RPA enterprise of MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers is maintained or operated by multiple Air Force Specialty Codes, each one playing a key role in supporting every combat air patrol (CAP) thus enabling combatant commanders access to 24/7/365 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.