From the Sky Overview By Air Force air operations played a vital role in the initial stages of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and continue to do so in ongoing operations. USAF aircrews are constantly overhead, precisely striking enemy targets on the ground, providing flexible and substantial airlift, and gathering critical, real-time intelligence. Click on the following links to learn more about this topic. Lancer Crew's Quick Response Unarmed Tanker in Combat Search and Rescue A-10 Thunderbolt: Close Air Support, Close Cooperation C-17 Globemaster III's First Combat Drop Master Sgt. Robert Dinsmore: HH-60G Pave Hawk Gunner Combat Action Medal: Maj. Steven Raspet Click here to return to the Warrior Airmen Overview.