Fighting ISIS: On the Ramp at Al Udeid Air Base
Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, is the largest U.S. military air base in the Middle East and host to the command-and-control hub that monitors and directs U.S. and coalition air operations across the entire U.S. Central Command region. It houses the Qatari air force, U.S. Air Force, UK Royal Air Force and other coalition personnel, and an estimated 100 operational aircraft. Aviation Week’s Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman visited Al Udeid Nov. 3-7 for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how U.S. and coalition partners envision, plan and execute air operations in the region, from the Horn of Africa, to Iraq and Syria, to Afghanistan.
Photos by U.S. Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson