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    ​​This is a collection of articles covering events and people during USAF expeditionary operations.

    Crossing the Intersection of Death
    By Peter Grier
    TSgt. Tim Wilkinson earned the Air Force Cross for his heroism during 1993’s harrowing Battle of Mogadishu.

    US Airpower in Africa
    By James Kitfield
    Africa Command’s lean counterterrorism approach relies heavily on airpower

    Walking Back
    By Aaron M. U. Church
    EOD technician SSgt. Beau Chastain walked into a trap ... and all the way back to active duty.

    Strike Eagle Rescue
    By Otto Kreisher
    The airmen were on the ground in Libya, somewhere between the warring loyalists and the friendly resistance.

    The Short, Strange Life of PSAB
    By Rebecca Grant
    For seven years, Prince Sultan Air Base was USAF’s indispensable Middle Eastern hub.

    With the JTACs
    By James Kitfield
    USAF’s joint terminal attack controllers have helped transform counterinsurgency operations.

    Lessons From Libya
    By John A. Tirpak
    Forward basing is key, but the NATO allies are still too reliant on American airpower.

    The Libya Mission
    By Amy McCullough
    The Air Force, technically in a supporting role, has been front and center.

    Bombers Over Libya
    By John A. Tirpak
    A quick symphony of planning allowed USAF’s heavy bombers to strike 150 targets in Libya.

    Airmen in the Hurt Locker
    By Aaron Church
    Air Force EOD technicians are saving US, Iraqi, and Afghan lives—but at enormous costs to themselves.

    Engagement in Africa
    By Stewart M. Powell
    A modest airlift into Sudan marks the start of what may prove to be a new regional preoccupation.

    Expeditionary—and Seriously Extended
    By John A. Tirpak
    The Air Expeditionary Force may not be broken, but some weak spots need patching.

    Death in the Desert
    By Rebecca Grant
    For US airmen, the Long War with terrorists began on June 25, 1996 in a place called Khobar Towers.

    The Second Sacking of Terryl Schwalier
    By Rebecca Grant
    The Khobar Towers commander thought he had finally received justice, but the story had an unhappy surprise ending.

    Editorial: The Shadow of Khobar Towers
    Robert S. Dudney
    The attack cost USAF 19 airmen, a talented commander, and a principled Chief of Staff.

    The Ground Warriors of Airpower
    By Adam J. Hebert
    The Air Force’s seven groups of “battlefield airmen” will get tougher training and more members.

    The Air Commandos
    By Adam J. Hebert
    Air Force special operators are in heavy demand and perpetual motion around the world.

    By Bruce D. Callander
    In Iraq, a new type of expeditionary medic provides care around the clock.

    Battlefield Airmen
    By John A. Tirpak and Adam J. Hebert
    At AFA’s Orlando symposium, Air Force leaders emphasized USAF’s strong focus on the war on the ground.

    The War Before the War
    By Suzann Chapman
    Long before the actual land invasion, Iraqi forces were taking a ferocious beating from the air.

    By Bruce D. Callander
    Modern airpower owes much to the elite USAF commandos who hang out with the ground forces.

    Legacy of the Air Blockades
    By John A. Tirpak
    Northern Watch and Southern Watch over Iraq were defining events in the birth of a new expeditionary Air Force.

    Black September 11
    By Adam J. Hebert
    After the attacks, USAF took a leading role in the terror war and changed the way it operates.

    The Highs and Lows of Northern Watch
    By James Kitfield
    Everyone understands that one mishap could cause an international incident--even war.

    The EAF in Peace and War
    By John T. Correll
    The concept works. It has also led to a new way of life for the Air Force.

    Beddown in Bishkek
    By John Hendren
    American forces now are using a base that didn't exist in a country that, until recently, didn't exist.

    From Khobar to Cole
    By Richard J. Newman
    Five years later, terrorists attack again in the Middle East. This time, though, the skipper didn't walk the plank.

    The EAF Turns One
    By John A. Tirpak
    In its first year, the Expeditionary Aerospace Force began delivering on its main promise--predictability.

    The Long Deployment
    By James Kitfield
    The Air Force arrived in Saudi Arabia in 1990. Who thought it would still be there 10 years later?

    An Expeditionary Force
    Photography by USAF combat camera photographers
    They're saying that the force is going back to its roots as a deployable force to be reckoned with.

    Northern Watch
    By John T. Correll
    A wing-sized task force flies out of Incirlik into the teeth of Iraqi SAMs and AAA.

    Watch on the Desert
    By William H. McMichael
    Air Force U-2s, AWACS, and Rivet Joints have provided the eyes and ears of the no-fly zone operation.

    Editorial: Lessons in Limited Force
    By John T. Correll
    Desert Fox was a tactical success, but the strategic value of it was dubious.

    Desert Stronghold
    By William H. McMichael
    Prince Sultan AB features miles of fenced desert, scores of barriers, hundreds of security forces, special motion sensors, razor wire, bomb-sniffing dogs, and lots of clenched jaws.

    The Long Reach of On-Call Airpower
    By John A. Tirpak
    Air Expeditionary Forces are extending the concept of long range airpower.

    The New Expeditionary Force
    By Bruce D. Callander
    The "Expeditionary Aerospace Force" will comprise 10 standing groups to deploy on operations short of theater war.

    Expeditionary Nerve Center
    By Robert Wall
    All that AEF commanders need is the right information, at the right time, to help attack the right targets, in the right way.

    In the Sandbox
    By Otto Kreisher
    Desert deployments are a big reason why the Air Force is losing some of its best people.

    Khobar Towers
    By Rebecca Grant
    Nineteen airmen died in the blast—and the repercussions went on from there.

    The Expeditionary Air Force Takes Shape
    By John A. Tirpak
    USAF is still refining the concept, but initial reports have been promising.

    Miracle in the Desert
    By Bill Gertz
    In a matter of weeks, the Air Force established a more secure hub for Southern Watch operations and moved there without missing a beat.

    Heroes at Mogadishu
    By Frank Oliveri
    The Air Force decorates three Special Ops troopers—including an AFA Outstanding Airman of the Year—for bravery under fire.

    Desert Duty
    By Stewart M. Powell
    The troops endure sand and heat, listen to "Baghdad Betty" on the radio, and keep the airplanes flying.