It was just brought to my attention that there may be the odd person here that is actually interested in how their tax dollars are being spent as we enter a new phase of operations with a fresh administration . Let us focus on how things that will regain the confidence of the general public and put behind us the past black eyes from out of hand overspending on procurements and military contracts . With luck the Trump administration will hold true to their pledge of revamping all departments of the armed forces but feel free to beat a dead horse if you are so inclined . I will focus on the things that are for the good of those we are tasked to defend at any cost but will not shy away from pointing out some of the poor past and future choices keeping within my Uniform Code of Military Justice guidelines . All information is readily available to all general public and comes from direct military sources but will not include any material that may put personnel at risk or divulge their direct location in theater . I will start with a quick detailing of our current objective classified under the code name Operation Inherent Resolve which is basically as follows : As of 5:15 a.m. EST, Jan. 19, 2017, the U.S. and coalition have conducted a total of 17,554 strikes (10,907 Iraq / 6,647 Syria). U.S. has 13,708 strikes in Iraq and Syria (7,394 Iraq / 6,314 Syria). Rest of Coalition has 3,846 strikes in Iraq and Syria (3,513 Iraq / 333 Syria). The countries that have participated in the strikes include: In Iraq: (1) Australia, (2) Belgium, (3) Canada, (4) Denmark, (5) France, (6) Jordan, (7) The Netherlands, and (8) UK In Syria: (1) Australia, (2) Bahrain, (3) Canada, (4) Denmark, (5) France, (6) Jordan, (7) The Netherlands, (8) Saudi Arabia, (9) Turkey (10) UAE and (11) UK Between Aug. 8, 2014 and Jan. 16, 2017, U.S. and partner-nation aircraft have flown an estimated 134,933 sorties in support of operations in Iraq and Syria.