Familes and friends of U.S. Airmen assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing of the South Carolina Air National Guard gather watch as their Airmen depart McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, on a civilian-contracted large transport aircraft, 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 Airman Edward Snyder)