by SrA Matthew Bruch

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


One exciting thing about my job is getting a call to go on a last minute mission. I will never forget showing up for a mission brief and finding out that this flight would be refueling the F-15E Strike Eagles conducting the first air strikes against ISIL in Syria.