On Tuesday, Newscenter 11 visited Meridian's Key Field to learn more about our local military community.
Tuesday afternoon, we caught with some of the servicemen from the 238th Air Support Operations Squadron to talk about what their duties on the base, which range anywhere from training to communicate via radio and video to units in action as well as training to coordinate strikes from the air through servicemen stationed on the ground.
"With the news coverage, when you're seeing the strikes on the screen and it's flashing by," Master Sgt. Matthew Jackson says. "What people lose sight of is there is actually one of us on the ground coordinating that air strike."
"Actual bombs, dropping bombs on the enemy and blowing stuff up," Captain Frank Monterrosa says. "That's the best part of what we do."
Servicemen say while there is always a level of fear associated with a mission, they say it helps them do their jobs effectively and stay on track.