October 15, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Another 170 airmen from the South Dakota Air National Guard leave Sioux Falls Thursday for duty in Southwest Asia. They're part of the 114th Fighter Wing and will work with F-16 fighter jets.
'Speedy' nose art which is fitting for an F-16. It is on USAF F-16C block 30 #85-1442 of the 175th FS 'Lobos'. [Photo and art by MSgt Jeffery D. Hofer]
Another 15 Air Guard members from other states will join the group.
The 114th Fighter Wing is the primary unit of the South Dakota Air National Guard, based at Joe Foss Field (Sioux Falls Regional Airport) in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
The unit, nicknamed the Lobos, was one of the first four Air National Guard units tasked to deploy in support of Operation Provide Comfort II based out of Incirlik AB, Turkey
. Combat patrol missions were flown over the northern "No Fly" zone of Iraq
from December 1993 to January 1994. The unit subsequently supported Operation Northern Watch, based out of Turkey in 1995 and 2002, and Operation South Watch based out of Kuwait in 1998 and Saudi Arabia in 2001. The Fighting Lobos were also deployed to Belgium
, the Netherlands
Antilles and Israel
A new chapter was opened in the history of the Air National Guard with the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001. In addition to the unit's ongoing tasking as part of the Air Expeditionary Force (AEF
), unit members were also activated to support Operation Noble Eagle within the United States along with Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom abroad.