History at 10,000 feet

My fist aerial mission downrange allowed me to photograph a historic moment. A country joining the fight against ISIL. 

We got the word maybe 24 hours before that we will be getting on a KC-135 and documenting Canadian CF-18s refueling, as they look for ISIL targets to hit. It was their first combat mission for Operation Inherent Resolve (they call its Operation Impact) after a long flight into Iraq we got the word that the Hornets were coming up to refuel. I must say seeing the jet get so close loaded with bombs that were real was pretty. Awesome. It was a great start to the deployment.