Looking for Trouble

That’s what the airmen of the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron who operate MC-12W surveillance aircraft out of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, are meant to do. Since the all-volunteer unit stood up in December, it has flown 130 sorties, logging more than 600 hours. Already its contributions to the fight—MC-12s provide real-time full-motion video and signals information to troops at tactical levels—are well-understood by warfighters on the ground. Just ask Jeffrey Engel, special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. During one mission to apprehend a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device that might be used in a suicide strike, an MC-12 overhead helped the raiding party enter the area safely and apprehend five insurgents before they could use the VBIED against coalition forces or Afghan civilians, he said. (Bagram report by TSgt. Oshawn Jefferson)