The first Red Flag air combat exercise for 2020 officially wrapped up Friday, Feb. 14. As visiting aircraft make their way home, some great images are coming out from the Air Force showcasing just how impressive the F-35A’s operations are to behold.Continue reading F-35A Red Flag 2020 Night Operations (Photos)
Aircraft Compatibility Testing continued this week on the US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78).Continue reading USS Ford Aircraft Compatibility Flight Testing at Sea
The first carrier-based variant of the F-35 Lightning II, the F-35C, was delivered to the US Marines at MCAS Miramar Tuesday. The fifth-generation stealth fighter is the first to be designed for use with catapult systems on US aircraft carriers.
Tech. Sgt. Cody Smith, a Special Tactics combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, awarded Air Force Silver Star for 2018 Afghanistan actions.Continue reading Silver Star Awarded to Combat Controller
YAVORIV, Ukraine – North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and allies train together during multiple demonstrations for distinguished visitors on Sept. 20, 2019, in Yavoriv, Ukraine. Soldiers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s 10th Mountain Assault Brigade and the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division demonstrated the lethal abilities of coalition forces during a wet gap crossing and fire team movement room clearing demonstration for distinguished guests as part of Rapid Trident 2019.
The wet gap crossing demonstrated the coalition forces ability to move swiftly across a body of water utilizing the Ukraine Army’s amphibious vehicle capabilities and simultaneously attacking enemy forces, as they fired live artillery hitting targets in the area of the simulated enemy forces.
Ukraine was invaded in 2014 by separatist forces backed by Russia. The war continues to drag on to this day.Continue reading US Army Trains Ukrainian Forces to Fight Putin’s Invasion
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Fleet Week New York, Sailors with the USS New York (LPD) 21, Coast Guardsmen and members of the Royal Canadian Navy pose for the photo at Times Square in New York City, NY, May 22, 2019. Fleet Week NY is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard service members and experience America’s sea services firsthand. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jered T. Stone)
Air Force color guard presents the colors during Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson’s Farewell Ceremony during her farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, May 21, 2019. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Wayne Clark)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 22, 2019) Gaya, an explosive detection dog with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sits during a five phases of aggression drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to support regional stability, reassure partners and allies, and maintain a presence postured to respond to any crisis ranging from humanitarian assistance to contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck)
Soldiers aboard M1A2 Abram Tanks from 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division move out, as part of an Initial Ready Task Force (IRTF) exercise, at Johanna Range, Poland, May 20, 2019. An IRTF is a no-notice, rapid-deployment exercise designed to test a unit’s ability to alert, marshal, and deploy forces and equipment for contingency operations or an emergency disaster. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Mort)
An Airman piloting an F-35A Lightning II completes aerial refueling courtesy of Airmen from the 28th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron aboard a KC-135R Stratotanker, April 26, 2019 over an undisclosed location. The F-35 is on its first deployment to the Middle East as part of the inaugural demonstration of the fighter’s next generation combat capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
ARABIAN SEA (May 17, 2019) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and the Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) sail alongside as the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) conduct joint operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The ABECSG and KSGARG, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, are prepared to respond to contingencies and to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur/Released)
The 64th Aggressor Squadron out of Nellis AFB, NV, recently released its much-hyped GHOST paint scheme, mimicking the Russian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-57. Check out a timelapse video of the paint job below!
President Trump is expected to announce a withdrawal of almost half of all US Service Members currently deployed to Afghanistan over the coming months. This decision has drawn sharp criticism from the Pentagon and Capitol Hill both.
US Military Commanders and Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agree the Afghan Military needs years of additional training and support until it will be able to successfully defend its territory. Even today, the Taliban still controls parts of the country.
President Trump’s Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, resigned in protest partially over this decision, in addition to other differing viewpoints. His interim acting replacement is slated to be a former Boeing executive with no military or diplomatic experience prior to his appointment to Deputy Secretary of Defense by the President in 2017.
There are also concerns over whether allies and US troops on the ground were notified of the force reduction prior to the President’s tweet.