Air Force Squadron credited with killing 3,100 ISIS fighters

Julia LeDoux
April 05, 2019 - 11:58 am

23rd Wing Public Affairs

For the first time in history, an individual Air Force squadron has received the Gallant Unit Citation as a result of its actions during Operation Inherent Resolve.

Known as the “Flying Tigers,” the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron was deployed to Turkey from July 2017 to January 2018.

“It’s quite an award and it’s something you can be really proud of as a team,” said Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command.

The justification for the citation described how with “only 12 aircraft, the 74 EFS struck 44 percent of all targets … which resulted in the liberation of Raqqa, the decimation of ISIS war-making revenue streams and the elimination of ISIS from 99 percent of Iraq and Syria.”

The unit, which is based out of Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, flew more than 1,600 sorties and logged 10,000 hours of flying time, during its six-month deployment. According to figures provided by the military, it hit nearly 2,500 targets and killed an estimated 3,100 ISIS fighters.

“When we got there we were doing things that this squadron and really the A-10 hadn’t done before,” said squadron commander Lt. Col. Craig Morash.

Five Distinguished Flying Crosses, seven single-event Air Medals and over 83 Air Medals with combat devices were also awarded to individual members of the unit. 

74th EFS Airman
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