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


Refueling these F-15E Strike Eagles after they conducted the first airstrikes in Syria was a moment of relief and satisfaction. At the time this photo was taken, we knew the air strikes were successful. The sun was coming up and everyone was returning to base safely. It was a beautiful morning that I will never forget.