By Gary Wetzel
The untold tale of A-10 devices in Operation Enduring Freedom reaches its end with this moment of 2 volumes concentrating on the kinds strive against missions in Afghanistan. that includes quite a few first-hand money owed and images from those that skilled the clash, in addition to imagery from legitimate army records, this publication deals a distinct and targeted perception into the list of the A-10 in a single of the twenty first Centurys most vital conflicts. at first, the A-10 Thunderbolt was once now not a favorite of the USAF, which, sooner than the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, hoped to shunt this chilly battle relic onto the USA military and Marine Corps. yet seeing that then the ‘Warthog, with its ambitious armament, ruggedness and suppleness, has continuously confirmed itself in strive against and advanced into the worlds superior shut aid airplane. In 2002 the Thunderbolt was once on the leading edge of Operation Enduring Freedom, the USA profession of Afghanistan.
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As I made it to the next ditch in the field, I took a head count to make sure that I had all of my team within sight. It was at that moment that I realised the heavy volume of insurgent fire was no longer cracking directly overhead – it was now being directed at the section of A-10s. ‘It is hard to describe what it’s like to see and hear 30 mm rounds from an A-10 impact less than 50 metres from you. I can say with the utmost certainty that if it was not for the pilots’ actions that day, I would not be alive to write this statement.
I immediately called to Col Mackay and said, “Its wedge-shooters guns. ” ‘I told everyone in the ambushed vehicles to stay put. I got a positive response from the three MRAPs through “Fedex 06”, after which I told them it’s going to get loud. I was also told that all the troops were now back in their vehicles. This was important, as now I knew that anybody I saw outside of those MRAPs was a bad guy. I rolled in and fired off a burst from the gun, as well as a whole pod of seven rockets. The problem was that we were now within the weapons’ minimum risk distance, having had On 17 November 2012 four members of the Kentucky National Guard visited the 303rd FS at Whiteman AFB to present Col Mackey and Lt Col Roe with a flag to be flown by the unit in Afghanistan.
30 C H A P T E R T W O ‘CHARLIE’ IN COMBAT they had no option but to stay and fight. They finally tried to indicate to us where the most effective fire was coming from via a yellow smoke grenade, but it rolled right back down the hill and landed ten feet from their vehicles. ‘Col Mackey was still circling above me at about 20,000 ft, as we were trying to keep the JTAC at the FOB in the loop. We ended up declaring an emergency CAS situation, as there were no other options at this point. This meant that CAS could be conducted, but there was no qualified JTAC controlling us from the ground.
A-10 Thunderbolt II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom 2008-14 by Gary Wetzel