Welcome home George H. W. Bush Strike Group. I was in Virginia Beach last Saturday and saw the carrier offshore waiting for the tide, then enter the channel for her homecoming at Pier 12. Carrier Air Wing Eight had flown off the day before. Joyous photos of family reunions and well wishes on Facebook and text messages of congratulations on thousands of phones. Job well done, and we owe today's veterans our thanks and appreciation for fighting this away game for us.
Operation Inherent Resolve conducted eight airstikes today in Iraq and Syria. The press release is fairly boilerplate, describing the general geographical area, results, and participating coalition countries. While releases of this nature are often seen as ho-hum routine, the public needs to know that they are NOT routine, and the men and women involved are under tremendous pressure and putting themselves at great risk. That they make it look routine is a testament to their professionalism. If you or your circle wish to know what it is like, my novel RAVEN ONE can shed light.