Deployed Global Hawk Hits Sortie Milestone

A deployed EQ-4 Global Hawk, supporting the fight against ISIS, recently surpassed the milestone of 1,000 continuous sorties without a single maintenance cancellation. The Global Hawk, deployed with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, passed the milestone while on a surveillance mission on April 1. The aircraft used its battlefield airborne communications node to help coalition assets communicate as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to a Air Forces Central Command news release. The Global Hawks regularly fly 25-30 hour missions to meet the constant demand. “Hitting 1,000 in a row speaks to the importance of the BACN mission regarding its direct impact on the warfighter and I think that it says a lot about the stellar professionals filling the maintenance ranks from top to bottom,” said Maj. Rolly, a recent 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron director of operations, in the release.