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America at War (magazine)

A MARINE MOBILE SNIPER STRIKE TEAM

Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin joined the Marine Corps in 1985, after an injury derailed his dreams of becoming a major-league pitcher. He would go on to become one of the Marines’ elite scout-snipers, and his service included a tour of duty in Somalia. However, he would make his mark during the liberation of Iraq, where he had the chance to pioneer the Mobile Sniper Strike Team concept.

THE F-22'S FIRST DOGFIGHT

MEET THE RAPTOR

The F-22 Raptor is widely described as the best fighter in the world. First flown in 1997 (the prototype YF-22 first flew in 1990), it entered service in 2005 and has dominated in exercises.

 

THE RUSSIAN AND CHICOM F-22S

CLOSING THE GAP

Russia and China could not help but have been worried in the wake of Operation Desert Storm. During that war, the Coalition led by the United States shot down 42 aircraft – including four MiG-29s.

 

KIRKUK 2006, IF YOU WANT TO SEE GUTS, COME HERE

PRIVATE SECURITY, BRITISH STYLE

“If you want to see guts, this is the place to see it.”

 

AIR COMMANDO SAVES LIVES IN AFGHANISTAN

On 10 March, 2009, Staff Sgt. Zachary Rhyner received the Air Force Cross in a Pentagon ceremony, becoming the third Airman to receive this award in the Global War on Terror – and the first living recipient. His story is told below in this Air Force News Service article from 24 December, 2008.

 

COMBAT LIFESAVERS ARE A NECESSITY

The figures in this article are as of 3March, 2009. – Ed.

 

807 TROOPS COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED

QUICK THINKING, TEAMWORK, HELP NAVIGATE TANKER CREW OUT OF TROUBLE

“THIS IS SHELL 73, EMERGENCY!”

“Any aircraft, any station, this is Shell 73. Emergency. We’ve lost complete navigational capability. Request assistance.”

COMBAT CONTROLLER RECEIVES TWO BRONZE STARS WITH VALOR DEVICE

TWO BRONZE STARS

A combat controller, who is now charged with helping fill the special tactics ranks, was presented with two Bronze Stars with valor device during a ceremony held recently at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

TERRORISM SITREP

IRAN TEHRAN SPRING? Massive protests follow charges of the rigged re-election of fanatic Ahmadinejad, backed by the ancient supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, over the moderate Mousavi.

AN OTTOMAN CASTLE AND A SYRIAN SNIPER

Author Chris Osmand, is a former Marine and US Navy SEAL with multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Below is his description of the operations of SEAL sniper teams which were tasked to provide security during the Iraqi elections in 2005.