The replica accompanies a display of a KC-135 Stratotanker that stands near MacDill’s main gate, a nod to the Air Force’s 6th Air Refueling Wing that is based out of MacDill and operates more than a dozen KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft.
Despite the fact Defense officials initially said the attack resulted in zero “casualties,” CENTCOM spokesman Navy Capt. Bill Urban admitted Thursday some troops were transported out of Iraq to receive additional medical assistance.
U.S. Africa Command officials believe that al-Shabab militants from Somalia crossed the border into Kenya to conduct an attack on U.S. and Kenyan forces earlier this month in Manda Bay — with the assistance of facilitators within Kenya.
The exercise, crafted by the 18th Wing, is intended to bolster joint interoperability and push airmen to employ continuous airpower using tactics stemming from the Pacific Air Force’s agile combat employment concept of operations, known as ACE.
Al-Shabab said in a message that the raid on Manda Bay should “serve as a stern warning” for African forces that “when the situation gets difficult” American troops will “abandon you" just as they did with the Syrian YPG after entangling them in an “unwinnable war.”
The same day the Pentagon announced Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani was killed, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said that the U.S. “is prepared to exert military force if needed” against Pyongyang. What does that mean for North Korea and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command?