U.S. Air Force photo

A portion of the Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II squadrons may end up grounded over the next few years due to desperately-needed wing replacements, with some of the aircraft stuck on the tarmac as early as fiscal year 2018, the head of Air Force Material Command announced on Sept. 20.

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DoD photo

Since the A-10 Warthog, recently seemingly destined for the scrap yard, is now engaging enemy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Taliban forces in Afghanistan in the form of a new weapon with a badass name — the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System.

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Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths

Airmen don’t get a ton of credit for their exploits in Iraq and Afghanistan, but more than 20 airmen have received the Silver Star Medal, the nation’s third-highest award for gallantry in combat, for their actions in the Global War on Terror.

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