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Swamp Foxes deploy to Saudi Arabia for expeditionary force rotation

U.S. Air Force personnel, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, load onto on a U.S. Air Force contracted Boeing 747 transport aircraft from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force personnel, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, load onto on a U.S. Air Force contracted Boeing 747 transport aircraft from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, prepare to depart McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, prepare to depart McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, prepare to depart McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, prepare to depart McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, departs McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air and Space Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Southwest Asia, April 12, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, departs McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air and Space Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Southwest Asia, April 12, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, 169th Fighter Wing commander says farewell to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shaun Bowes, 157th Fighter Squadron commander, before his F-16 Fighting Falcon jet departs McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, 169th Fighter Wing commander says farewell to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shaun Bowes, 157th Fighter Squadron commander, before his F-16 Fighting Falcon jet departs McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Pedro Oritz, 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares his F-16 Fighting Falcon jet to depart McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force personnel, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, depart on a U.S. Air Force contracted Boeing 747 transport aircraft from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force personnel, assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, depart on a U.S. Air Force contracted Boeing 747 transport aircraft from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, to support an Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2021. The 169th Fighter Wing will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the wing’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --

Approximately 300 Airmen and a contingent of F-16CJ Fighting Falcon aircraft from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing have deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

During the next several months, the SCANG will support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) by preserving operational depth, staging joint forces and projecting overwhelming combat power in the region. This is the SCANG’s largest deployment since the summer of 2018 when they supported an Air Expeditionary Force rotation to Kuwait.

“Swamp Fox Airmen are once again honored to deploy in support of our great nation’s national security objectives,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Akshai Gandhi, 169th Fighter Wing commander. “Our Citizen-Airmen are fully integrated with our active component brothers and sisters to partner with our allies in the Central Command area of responsibility to deliver air power where and when needed. As we have done numerous times in the past, the Swamp Foxes will illustrate the force multiplying capabilities of our air reserve component forces.” 

While deployed to PSAB, the 169th Fighter Wing will be attached to the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing. This deployment is defensive in nature with the intent to increase defensive capabilities against potential threats in the region.

“The Swamp Foxes are fully prepared to support the CENTCOM mission and execute the National Security Strategy,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shaun Bowes, 157th Fighter Squadron commander. “We will train alongside partner nations in efforts to defend American interests and bring stability to the region. Our Airmen have trained extensively to execute any mission that our F-16s may be called upon to do. We look forward to proudly representing the Air National Guard and the state of South Carolina as we execute our federal mission.”