U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance personnel and fighter pilots from the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, perform preflight and launch operations to deploy F-16 Block 52 Fighting Falcon fighter jets for an AEF rotation to Southwest Asia, July 11, 2018. The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing is deploying nearly 300 Airmen and approximately a dozen F-16 Block 52 Fighting Falcon fighter jets to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia in support of an Air Expeditionary Force rotation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder)