As many of you have already seen or read by now, Jordanian F-16 pilot Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh was murdered in one of the most horrific, barbaric, and unconscionable displays of evil I have ever seen. If you want to view his execution, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Our goal is to celebrate this man’s life and service, not contaminate and re-victimize the hearts and minds affected by his death.

In response to the barbarism of ISIS, the Jordanians launched a massive airstrike against targets in Syria, demonstrating a fervor reflective of the nation’s rage. Called Operation Martyr Moaz, the goal was very clear: to bring the hammer to the terrorists responsible for their pilot’s murder.

The airstrikes targeted ISIS training centers and weapons storage facilities in northern Syria and Iraq, reportedly killing fifty-five (Roll ‘Em!) terrorists in the process. Then, in a show of solidarity, Jordanian F-16s conducted a flyover of their fallen comrade’s hometown once the airstrikes concluded and they were safely back.

The video also features a pilot holding up a sign that reads: 'And do not think that God is unaware of what the evildoers are doing' - an apparent warning to ISIS militants. The message is based on a passage in the Quran.
The video also features a pilot holding up a sign that reads: ‘And do not think that God is unaware of what the evildoers are doing’ – an apparent warning to ISIS militants. The message is based on a passage in the Quran. (Courtesy of the Jordanian AF)

I offer my thoughts and prayers to all of Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh’s family, friends, and fellow Jordanian warriors, on behalf of the entire FighterSweep team.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite poems. It’s a nice reminder when one of our own gets called home that these men and women lived their lives to the fullest and answered the call:

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….

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Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”

-John Gillespie Magee Jr.

So here’s a nickel on the grass for you, Moaz. May you rest in peace, sir.