by SrA Matthew Bruch

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gena Fedoruk and 1st Lt. Marcel Trott take off in a KC-135 Stratotanker from a base in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility in support of a mission to conduct airstrikes in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. Multiple KC-135 Stratotankers 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


Taking off from an undisclosed location to participate in the first airstrikes against ISIL in Syria was nerve-racking to say the least. I tried my best to focus on making photographs and not think about the surface to air threats that we might be facing during the mission.