An A-10 pilot featured in a U.S. Central Command video released Tuesday says pilots in the 20-nation air coalition are united in their desire to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
The interview with the unnamed Warthog pilot follows a clip of a June 29 air strike against a massive convoy of 120 Islamic State vehicles between Ramadi and Fallujah, one of the most deadly strikes on the extremist group in recent memory, defense officials said. Another coalition attack the night before destroyed 55 vehicles southwest of Fallujah.
"What you saw play out … the other night was a clear example of the united front that the coalition has here in the AOR," the A-10 pilot said. "You know, sure, we may have different color skin and speak different languages and go to different houses of worship, but when it comes to that common goal of defeating Daesh, we are in lock-step with one another."
The pilot also spoke about the professionalism and precision U.S. Air Force pilots are bringing to the fight.
"If you think about it, a fireman spends his whole life training to put out fires, but that doesn't mean he wants to see houses burn down," he said. "The same thing can be said for fighter pilots. We don't relish this fight, but we were asked by our civilian and military leaders to do a job and we're going to see it through … in the most professional and disciplined manner possible."
The A-10 pilot describes how air power will continue to deny the enemy safe haven.
"Precision is the name of the game in modern warfare," he continues, "and we want to make sure what we're aiming at is hostile."
Oriana Pawlyk covers deployments, cyber, Guard/Reserve, uniforms, physical training, crime and operations in the Middle East and Europe for Air Force Times. She was the Early Bird Brief editor in 2015. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.