RE: Bagram AB Deployment 2011

Unread postPosted: 20 Feb 2012, 21:58
by Asif
update for #1501

RE: Bagram AB Deployment 2011

Unread postPosted: 21 Feb 2012, 01:39
by GooseGoose
I saw the first 2 ANG Block 30s arrive here at the 451st EAW. Held my hands up fists clenched in a salute to their arrival after cursory inspection. Pilot returned the same gesture. Louder on take-off. Especially during my sleep period in the tent. The sound of FREEDOM!

Unread postPosted: 26 Feb 2012, 20:53
by J.J.
For the recent switch of F-16Cs and A-10Cs between Bagram and Kandahar Airfields due to a CAS reset within Afghanistan check:

F-16s head south
A10s head north

Newest photo released by 451st AEW Public Affairs:


USAF F-16C block 30 #87-0340 from the 124th FS arrives at Kandahar AB on February 16th, 2012. [USAF photo by SSgt. Heather Skinkle]

Unread postPosted: 04 Apr 2012, 20:53
by Asif
Mission marks on #87-0291


Maj. Chad Lewis, pilot with the 451st EFS, performs preflight checks in F-16C block 30 #87-0291 from the 124th FS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on April 3rd, 2012. [USAF photo by SSgt. Greg Biondo]

Unread postPosted: 10 Apr 2012, 20:57
by Asif
First photo of #87-0225 from 124 FS showing mission markings. Anyone know if theirs been a swap out as 0225 wasn't part of the original deployment.


Maj. Todd Pierce, a pilot with the 451st EFS, prepares F-16C block 30 #87-0225 from the 124th FS before a combat mission at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on April 5th, 2012. [USAF photo by SSgt. David Salanitri]


Brig. Gen. Scott Dennis, commander of the 451st AEW, prepares to taxi's F-16C block 30 #87-0340 from the 124th FS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on April 5th, 2012. [USAF photo by SSgt. Greg Biondo]


Brig. Gen. Scott Dennis, commander of the 451st AEW, sits in F-16C block 30 #87-0340 from the 124th FS, thanks SSgt. Jared Newman, with the 451st EAMXS, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on April 5th, 2012. [USAF photo by SSgt. Greg Biondo]


Unread postPosted: 11 Apr 2012, 11:37
by Asif

USAF Maj. Chad Lewis, left, and Maj. Greg Barasch, F-16C pilots with the 451st EFS, pose for a photo at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on April 5th, 2012. [USAF photo by SSgt. Greg Biondo]


First photo of #86-0327. Shows mission marks.



Maj. Todd Pierce, a pilot with the 451st EFS, inspects the bombs and missiles on F-16C block 30 #86-0327 from the 124th FS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on April 5th, 2012. [USAF photo by SSgt. David Salanitri]

Unread postPosted: 12 Apr 2012, 15:46
by Asif
WISTV wrote:Swamp Foxes take off for Afghanistan
osted: Apr 12, 2012 1:43 PM GDT Updated: Apr 12, 2012 2:34 PM GDT
By Mary King

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SC (WIS) - Before the sun ever came up over Columbia, more than a dozen F-16 fighter jets from McEntire Joint National Guard Base took to the skies en route to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

More than a dozen F-16 fighter pilots from the 169th fighter wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base will join more than 400 other service men and women from the 169th who are already in Afghanistan to provide air support to troops stationed on the ground.

The servicemen and women are scheduled to be deployed for four months.

This is the group's largest deployment since Operation Desert Storm back in January 1991 and the fourth major deployment of the planes since 2002.

Unfortunately, many of these pilots are leaving behind families. Lt. Col. Brent Allen was with his family in the final moments before leaving.

"Leaving the family never gets easier, but I know that they support what I'm doing 110 percent, just like the great community we have here in Columbia," Allen said. "We know that they support us and they support our families. It's a great place to live. It's a great place to serve and we're happy to be a part of the unit."

Video

source: http://www.wistv.com/story/17392682/swa ... fghanistan

Unread postPosted: 12 Apr 2012, 17:18
by Loader2088
Asif wrote:
WISTV wrote:Swamp Foxes take off for Afghanistan
osted: Apr 12, 2012 1:43 PM GDT Updated: Apr 12, 2012 2:34 PM GDT
By Mary King

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SC (WIS) - Before the sun ever came up over Columbia, more than a dozen F-16 fighter jets from McEntire Joint National Guard Base took to the skies en route to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

More than a dozen F-16 fighter pilots from the 169th fighter wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base will join more than 400 other service men and women from the 169th who are already in Afghanistan to provide air support to troops stationed on the ground.

The servicemen and women are scheduled to be deployed for four months.

This is the group's largest deployment since Operation Desert Storm back in January 1991 and the fourth major deployment of the planes since 2002.

Unfortunately, many of these pilots are leaving behind families. Lt. Col. Brent Allen was with his family in the final moments before leaving.

"Leaving the family never gets easier, but I know that they support what I'm doing 110 percent, just like the great community we have here in Columbia," Allen said. "We know that they support us and they support our families. It's a great place to live. It's a great place to serve and we're happy to be a part of the unit."

Video

source: http://www.wistv.com/story/17392682/swa ... fghanistan


Those are my guys. If I hadn't gotten too old last year and had to retire, I'd be with them. God Speed, Swampfoxes!

Unread postPosted: 13 Apr 2012, 08:50
by Asif
TheBostonChannel wrote:F-16s Forced To Make Emergency Landing
Fighter Jets Land Safely On Cape Cod

UPDATED: 5:09 pm EDT April 12, 2012

BOURNE, Mass. -- Two F-16 jets from a South Carolina National Guard unit on a deployment to Afghanistan made emergency landings Thursday at the Otis Air National Guard Base.

The two jets had engine problems, Coast Guard Capt. David Throop told the Cape Cod Times.

"Everyone is down safely on the ground," Throop said.

The second jet with an apparent emergency landed at about 9:15 a.m. The other emergency landing was about a half-hour earlier.

The Massachusetts Military Reservation Fire Department was called to the scene, Throop said.

The jets were on their way to Afghanistan from South Carolina on a deployment, according to a spokesman with the 169th Fighter Wing of the South Carolina National Guard. The jets are now being checked and crews interviewed about why the pilots were concerned with the planes.

A spokesman said it's not unusual if there is a concern to divert to the nearest air station, and in this case that station was Otis.

Fighter jets, once a common sight and sound over the skies of Cape Cod, created a stir as they flew over Falmouth, Sandwich and Mashpee.

"My daughter wanted to know if we are being invaded," Sandwich resident Pat Hogan said.

They burned off most of their fuel before landing.

source: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/r/30880593/detail.html

Unread postPosted: 14 Apr 2012, 09:58
by Asif
157 FS deploy


USAF F-16C block 52 #93-0549 from the 157th FS sits on the flight line before taking off in the early morning of April 12th, 2012 at McEntire JNGB before deploying to Afghanistan. [USAF photo by SMSgt. Edward Snyder]

Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 18 Apr 2012, 09:53
by Asif
Now F-16s are deploying further North, it was better to start a new topic to cover updates from OEF and this location. Will move posts across shortly to show changes.

157 FS current deployee's

#[serial]92-3889[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]92-3905[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]93-0535[/serial]



USAF F-16C block 52 #92-3905 from the 157th FS at McEntire JNGB arrives at Kandahar Airfield on April 14th, 2012 in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 18 Apr 2012, 16:39
by Asif
DesMoinesRegister.com wrote:Iowa Guard jets providing air cover for U.S., Afghan troops
2:50 PM, Mar 29, 2012 | by Tony Leys

Iowa National Guard fighter pilots are attacking Taliban insurgents with bombs or scaring them off with the thunder of jet engines, their commander said from Afghanistan today.

About 300 members of the Air Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing are serving a two-month deployment to southern Afghanistan. The unit flies F-16 jets, which are flying numerous missions from Kandahar Airfield.

Lt. Col. Travis Acheson of West Des Moines, the top officer on the deployment, said the Iowa planes are mainly assigned to protect U.S. and Afghan troops patrolling on the ground. “Those folks are coming under fire every day, and if they need air power, if they need air cover, we are there to provide them that blanket of security,” Acheson told reporters in a conference call.

The ground troops often are accompanied by Air Force members, who help guide the fighter jets to their targets, Acheson said. The pilots use the coordinates to ensure their bombs hit the enemy without endangering friendly forces and civilians, Acheson said. Even though the jets are traveling hundreds of miles per hour, he said, the bombs they drop hit within 30 feet of their targets. Some of the bombs can be aimed with lasers to hit a moving motorcycle carrying insurgents, he said.

“It’s very critical in conflicts in this day and age that we carry precision-guided munitions, because it’s very different from World War II,” in which waves of bombers would try to hit one target, he said. “We absolutely have to have that bomb go where it needs to go. … We absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, have collateral damage or any fear of injuring any of the friendly forces.”

Pilots sometimes refer to the modern rules of engagement as “handcuffs,” Acheson said, but the precautions are necessary in a war where insurgents often fight near civilians.

In many cases, the fighter jets fly right over the heads of insurgents to try to intimidate them. “Sometimes it’s just us making noise, and the bad guys will disengage,” said 1st Lt. Ryan Stott of Jefferson. “I’ve actually had guys on the radio say they were nervous and weren’t feeling real comfortable, but as soon as we checked in overhead, making the jet noise… the guys’ spirits will lift up, and for me as a young pilot, that’s a very rewarding mission.”

All of the Iowans volunteered for the deployment. About 250 of them are involved in fixing and preparing the jets, which require 10 to 12 hours of maintenance work for every hour they’re in the air. The planes are nearly 30 years old, so they require extra care. Among the challenges is to ensure that the plane’s engines don’t inhale debris from the rocky, dusty environment of southern Afghanistan. Dozens of Iowans scour the tarmac several times a day, cleaning it of every loose rock, said Maj. Trenton Twedt of Roland, who leads maintenance for the unit. “When I say clean, you can’t imagine. This is cleaner than probably anybody’s driveway,” he said. “There is not a pebble on it.”

The Des Moines unit is slated to lose its F-16s under national budget cuts, which Iowa leaders are seeking to have reversed. If the cuts go through, this could be the unit’s last overseas deployment. In the future, the unit would control unmanned drones, which can be flown from the United States.

Twedt said members talk a bit about the situation, but not much. “Right now, we’re trying not to get wrapped up in what’s going on back home,” he said. “…The big thing is focus, finish the mission, finish strong, come home in one piece, hug our families and shake a lot of hands, and then we’ll deal with that back there.”

Some of the F-16s came from Air Guard units in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., which preceded the Iowans in Afghanistan. The Iowa pilots will fly all of them back to the United States when their deployment ends.

source: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/ ... an-troops/

Unread postPosted: 18 Apr 2012, 22:40
by southernphantom
Godspeed, Hawkeyes. I hope your Congressmen can squash that BRAC.

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2012, 00:06
by GooseGoose
Anybody got a photo of ,"GRITS", the VTANG pilot that flew with the Block 30s at KAF. I saw him at Northline last week. I launched and recovered him with The Green Mountain Boys. Civil Engineering Officer truned F-16 pilot.

Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2012, 10:49
by Henrik
Asif wrote:Now F-16s are deploying further North, it was better to start a new topic to cover updates from OEF and this location. Will move posts across shortly to show changes.

157 FS current deployee's

#[serial]92-3889[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]92-3905[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]93-0535[/serial]



USAF F-16C block 52 #92-3905 from the 157th FS at McEntire JNGB arrives at Kandahar Airfield on April 14th, 2012 in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


Interesting to see that this one is towing a HARM launch rail!!

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2012, 11:28
by Boman
Probably just for transport of equipment, given that this photo most likely is from a transfer flight given by the travel pod and lack of other ordinance.

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 23 Apr 2012, 10:12
by Asif
DesMoinesRegister wrote:Members of Iowa Air National Guard return to Des Moines
5:55 PM, Apr 21, 2012 | by Grant Rodgers

Col. Drew DeHaes, commander of the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard, was a happy man Saturday night.

DeHaes welcomed 220 airmen back to the United States from their deployment in Afghanistan after they landed in Des Moines about 11:20 p.m.

This welcoming ceremony was different for DeHaes: For the first time in 14 years, he didn’t deploy with his unit.

It was tough for DeHaes to stay behind, he said, but necessary as discussions continue in Washington and Des Moines on whether to remake the 132nd Fighter Wing and in the process eliminate hundreds of jobs.

“It’s like practicing with your football team and they go off and go play a game and you have to stay home and mind the score,” he said. “My wife is glad that they’re coming home because I’ve been in a bad mood for the last three months.”

The members of the unit — about 50 of whom had been deployed since November, the rest since the first week of February — returned home Saturday amidst controversy surrounding a proposal to remove all of the 21 F-16 fighter jets from the Des Moines Air National Guard base as a part of Pentagon budget cuts.

The proposal would also cut 378 positions from the unit, including 81 full-time positions. Currently, there are around 1,000 members of the unit.

Eager families gathered to greet the airmen at the Des Moines Air Base on Saturday night while their expected arrival time was delayed several times. For Diane Waldschmidt, mother of F-16 crew chief Ryan Waldschmidt, who was on his first deployment, each delay was hard to handle.

“It was hard tonight with all the delays,” she said. “It was hard, you wait for this moment for three months.”

While Waldschmidt waited for her son with his wife, Tina Claus. Her husband, Lt. Col. Brian Claus has served with the Iowa Air National Guard since 2003 and was returning from his sixth deployment.

After welcoming her husband home for years, she’s learned to expect the delays and the waiting, she said. The wait to see her husband is worth it for Claus, and especially for the couple’s two children, Jacob, 11, and Jessica, 7.

Coming from their house in Omaha, the kids have been ready all day, she said.

“They would be here at 6 a.m. if I would have dragged them here,” she said. “The homecoming is always really good, and the kids always look forward to it.”

DeHaes said that despite the political conversation surrounding the budget cuts, the unit performed “phenomenally.” During the deployment, the airmen flew 800 combat missions in southern Afghanistan, with one of its main duties being protecting U.S. and Afghan fighting forces fighting or patrolling on the ground.

Additionally, the 132nd Fighter Wing performed a first-ever feat for an Air National Guard unit when it moved all its aircraft, equipment and personnel from a base in Bagram to Kandahar Airfield.


“They’re a bunch of trained professionals,” he said. “In the military, you’re taught to compartmentalize. They did an excellent job of putting that aside and really controlling what they could control.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham last week opposed the Des Moines cuts at a House panel hearing. Attending Saturday’s homecoming, Latham reiterated his belief that the 132nd Fighter Wing should continue its mission flying F-16 jets in an interview with the Register.

With its outstanding deployment record, the unit shouldn’t have to face reassignment or possible loss in numbers, he said.

“I think it’s ironic that they’re an award-winning wing, they’re called to active duty because of their outstanding performance,” he said.

source: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/ ... s-tonight/

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 23 Apr 2012, 23:31
by Asif
More photos of the Swamp Foxes arrivals at Kandahar Airfield.

Serials ID:

#[serial]92-3903[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]92-3916[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]93-0549[/serial]
169 FW flagship


A1C. Randy Williams, a crew chief with the 451st EAMXS, prepares for F-16C block 52 #92-3889 as it taxis after arriving at Kandahar Airfield on April 14th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


USAF F-16C block 52 #92-3905 assigned to the 157th FS arrives at Kandahar Airfield on April 14th, 2012 in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 23 Apr 2012, 23:52
by Asif
kcci.com wrote:Iowa F-16 crews arrive back home - [Plus arrivals video]
UPDATED 5:23 PM CDT Apr 23, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's F-16 fighter jets landed Monday afternoon in Des Moines after a two month deployment to Afghanistan.

Most of the 270 members who were deployed came home Saturday night, followed by 10 pilots on Monday.

The pilots flew non-stop from Spain to Des Moines.

The mission could be the last overseas deployment for the Iowa F-16s, which have been targeted for elimination in a new round of military budget cuts.

"No, we're not thinking about that. We go out there to do our best every time -- and that's what we did. We were 100 percent the whole deployment," said Van Lucas, a 132nd Fighter Wing pilot.

"We told them to do what they always do. Concentrate on the mission, concentrate on what you can control and do the excellent job they did, in fact, do," said Col. Drew DeHaes, commander of the 132nd Fighter Wing.

The Iowa crews flew 800 missions over Afghanistan.

"It's always a challenge. Whenever you're being told you've got to change your mission from what you've known, we've been here 70 years flying this mission," said DeHaes.

"We're in the process of trying to do what we can to try to work things out with the budget issues they have facing them," said Gov. Terry Branstad.

"This is the fifth time I've done it and it gets better every time," said Lucas.

Congress has the last say on whether the F-16s stay in Iowa or if they're replaced by unmanned remotely controlled aircraft. A vote is expected sometime before the end of the year.

Until the final budget decision is reached, the 132nd will continue training missions out of Des Moines International Airport.

source: http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/I ... 77b0ajz/-/

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 24 Apr 2012, 09:07
by Asif
Serials ID:

#92-3902 157 FS

Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 24 Apr 2012, 16:47
by Loader2088
Asif wrote:MSgt. Arthur Macon, a weapons loader with the 451st EAMXS, operates a jammer to prepare F-16C block 52 #92-3902 from 157 FS to be loaded with munitions on April 16, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.


Art is a good friend and formerly my load crew chief. Great to see him in this photo. Retirement awaits and is good, buddy!

RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2012, 19:49
by Asif
#92-3914 157 FS


1st Lt. Andrew Lehman, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th EFS, prepares to fly his first combat sortie in F-16C block 52 #92-3914 on April 19th, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


1st Lt. Andrew Lehman, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th EFS, stops in F-16C block 52 #92-3914 at the end of the runway for final maintenance checks before he takes off for his first combat sortie on April 19th, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


1st Lt. Andrew Lehman, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th EFS, takes off in F-16C block 52 #92-3914 for his first combat sortie on April 19th, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2012, 21:36
by Asif
Three more "Foxes" playing in the sand

#[serial]91-0370[/serial][/b] 157 FS
[b]#[serial]92-3917[/serial][/b] 157 FS
[b]#[serial]93-0531[/serial]
157 FS

RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2012, 15:24
by Asif

USAF F-16C block 52 #92-3917 from the 157th EFS prepares to take off on its first flying mission from Kandahar Airfield on April 17th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


Lt. Col. Terrence Hedley, a fighter pilot with the 157th EFS, prepares to launch in F-16C block 52 #93-0535 for its first flying mission with the squadron on April 17th, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2012, 15:38
by Asif
Another identification

#93-0541 157 FS


USAF F-16C block 52 #93-0541 from the 157th FS sits on the flight line at Kandahar Airfield as a storm approaches on April 20th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 04 May 2012, 15:53
by Asif
Another identification.

#93-0543 157 FS

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 05 May 2012, 14:35
by Asif
More 'Fox' action

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2012, 09:06
by Asif

Lt. Col. Brent Allen, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield launches in F-16C block 52 #93-0543 for a mission on May 4th, 2012 in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 11 May 2012, 14:12
by Asif

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2012, 16:32
by Asif
Another identification

#93-0533 157 FS

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2012, 22:53
by Asif
#93-0533

Lt. Col. Scott Bridgers, a pilot assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield returns to the flight line after flying a mission and reaching his 4,000th in F-16C block 52 #93-0533 on June 1st, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 24 May 2012, 11:36
by Asif
Another identification

#92-3899 157 FS



A1C. Alek Reynolds, a crew chief assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield, pulls the tire chocks from F-16C block 52 #92-3899 piloted by Lt. Col. Scott Lambe, assigned to the 157th EFS, before launching for a mission May 21st, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 03 Jun 2012, 19:33
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile2284.html">Lt. Col. Scott Bridgers</a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on June 2, 2012 while serving with the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan during OEF.


Lt. Col. Scott Bridgers, a pilot assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, returns to the flight line after flying a mission and reaching his 4,000th F-16 flying hour on June 1st, 2012. Lt. Col. Bridgers deployed from the 157th FS at McEntire JNGB. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


Capt. Justin Puro and Lt.Col. Scott Bridgers, pilots assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield, shake hands after landing F-16s from a mission on June 1st, 2012. Lt. Col. Bridgers reached his 4,000th flying hour during the mission. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 03 Jun 2012, 19:34
by Asif

USAF F-16C block 52 #93-0549 assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield returns after flying a mission on June 1st, 2012 in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


SSgt. Leonard Gajewski, a crew chief assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield conducts pre-flight checks on F-16C block 52 #93-0533 as Captain Jerrod Sonderman, assigned to the 157th EFS, prepares to launch for a mission on May 29th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


Lt. Col. Scott Bridgers, a pilot assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield returns to the flight line after flying a mission and reaching his 4,000th in F-16C block 52 #93-0533 on June 1st, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2012, 15:01
by Asif
Photo proof of #92-3917


Maj. David Way, a pilot assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield launches in F-16C block 52 #92-3917 for a mission on June 2nd, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 08 Jun 2012, 15:06
by Asif
WISTV.com wrote:Families say good-bye as SC Air National Guard Unit deploys
Posted: Jun 08, 2012 4:13 AM GDT Updated: Jun 08, 2012 1:11 PM GDT
By Renee Standera

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SC (WIS) - Friends and family of members of some of the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing said good-bye Thursday night.

Thursday's deployment was a swap-out, meaning these airmen are heading to Afghanistan to trade out duties with another group of airmen from the base who have been in the Middle East since April.

The airmen left from McEntire Joint National Guard Base for deployment in Afghanistan.

source: http://www.wistv.com/story/18734074/fam ... it-deploys

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 12 Jun 2012, 09:07
by Asif
#92-3903

RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 15 Jun 2012, 10:40
by Asif
Photo proof of #92-3889[/serial][/b] and photo update for [b]#[serial]93-0541. Note TSgt. Caycee Cook (normally behind the camera :D ) the supplier of all the gr8 shots from the 157th FS deployment.

Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 15 Jun 2012, 19:31
by Loader2088
Asif wrote:Photo proof of #92-3889[/serial][/b] and photo update for [b]#[serial]93-0541. Note TSgt. Caycee Cook (normally behind the camera :D ) the supplier of all the gr8 shots from the 157th FS deployment.


Yes indeed. She was with us at Balad in 2010 and took a photo of me that is one of my favorite all time.

RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 05 Jul 2012, 23:11
by Asif
Photo proof of #92-3922


USAF F-16C block 52 #92-3922 with the 157th EFS, flown by Maj. Stephen 'Boards' Kaminski, takes off at Kandahar Airfield for a daytime mission over Afghanistan on July 1st, 2012 in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]

RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 08 Jul 2012, 19:56
by Asif
Photo verification of #92-3889[/serial][/b] & [b]#[serial]92-3916


USAF F-16C block 52 #92-3916 from the 157th EFS rolls into the EOR at Kandahar Airfield after it returns from a day-time mission over Afghanistan for OEF on July 5th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]


USAF F-16C block 52 #92-3889 from the 157th EFS takes off at Kandahar Airfield for a day-time mission over Afghanistan for OEF on July 5th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]

RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2012, 16:39
by Asif
Photo verification of #93-0551


USAF F-16C block 52 #93-0551 from the 157th FS sits ready to fly a day-time mission over Afghanistan on August 1st, 2012. Members of the 169th FW are deployed to Kandahar Airfield in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]


USAF F-16C block 52 #93-0551 from the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield taxis out to the runway for take-off on a day-time mission over Afghanistan to support American and coalition ground forces on August 5th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]

RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2012, 14:33
by Asif
New barrier artwork


A mural painted by TSgt. Steven Hubbard with the South Carolina ANG commemorates the 169th FWs deployment to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, seen on August 5, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]


Plus picture showing mission markings on #92-3902

Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2012, 18:27
by Loader2088
Asif wrote:New barrier artwork


A mural painted by TSgt. Steven Hubbard with the South Carolina ANG commemorates the 169th FWs deployment to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, seen on August 5, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]


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Very nice artwork. A barrier mural was almost finished at JB Balad in 2010 for the 169th until it was learned that all the artwork would be destroyed as soon as we left the north HAS area. I am not sure if this wanton destruction was ever done, but it's a shame if it was. Here is the artwork - I don't know who the artist was - it was in the Alert Area.

RE: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2012, 19:59
by Asif
Northlands News Center wrote:Large Wave of 148th Fighter Wing Members Deploy
August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM CDT
by Kevin Jacobsen

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A large wave of men and women from the 148th Fighter Wing are on their way to Afghanistan for a two month deployment.

About 150 members said tearful goodbyes Tuesday night at the base during a send-off event.

The unit will deploy to Kandahar Airfield in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This mission will be the first time the 148th uses its Block 50 F16 jets while deployed.

"They are going to be doing close air support is what our primary function is," said Maj. Audra Flanagan. "We'll be protecting ground forces who might be in combat or feels they need support from F16 aircraft."

Approximately 60 personnel departed prior to Tuesday's send-off. A total of 300 members of the 148th will be on the ground in Afghanistan.

The 148th Fighter Wing is the Duluth-based Air National Guard unit with just over 1,000 members, of which, 450 are full time.

The Northland's NewsCenter's Kevin Jacobsen will have more on the deployment and the network of support for the families left behind Wednesday on the KBJR 6 & Range 11 News at Five and the KDLH 3 News at 5:30.

source: http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/new ... 77346.html

RE: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 15 Aug 2012, 12:47
by Asif
179th FS arrived at Kandahar on August 13th

Identified:

#[serial]91-0336[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]91-0388[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]96-0081[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]96-0082[/serial]



USAF F-16C block 50 #91-0336 from the 179th FS taxis to the EOR after landing at Kandahar Airfield on August 13th, 2012. Personnel are deployed from the 148th FW in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]


USAF F-16C block 50 #96-0081 from the 179th FS taxis to the EOR after landing at Kandahar Airfield on August 13th, 2012. Personnel are deployed from the 148th FW in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]


USAF F-16C block 50 #96-0082 from the 179th FS taxis after landing at Kandahar Airfield on August 13th, 2012. Personnel are deployed from the 148th FW in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]

RE: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 15 Aug 2012, 16:06
by Boman
Asif,

91-0391 also spotted during stopover at Moron;
http://www.airfighters.com/photo/104039 ... n/91-0391/

RE: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 15 Aug 2012, 23:10
by Asif
Another SCANG pilot reaches flight milestone at Kandahar.

SCANG pilot hits 2,000 hours in Afghanistan

<a href="f-16_pilots_num2855.html"> Maj. Ian "Chester" Toogood</a>

Maj. Ian 'Chester' Toogood climbs out of his jet after returning from a mission over Afghanistan on August 5th, 2012. Members of the 169th FW at McEntire JNGB are deployed to KAF in support of OEF. [USAF photo TSgt. Stephen Hudson]

Unread postPosted: 17 Aug 2012, 23:04
by marksengineer
Does anyone have another photo of 91-391 in that dark color scheme? Preferrably on the ground. Wondering if it's a one color or two color scheme?

Mark

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2012, 00:08
by Boman

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2012, 07:21
by jbash
Here's another one that made a pit stop at Moron. 91-405

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_phot ... ?id=265223

The jet black tank with the squadron name on 96-082 looks pretty cool.

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_phot ... ?id=265000

Here's another shot of 91-391 for the hell of it. The only thing I don't like about the new paint scheme is that you can't see the bulldog on the tail as good. If they were to redo that it would be perfect.

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_phot ... ?id=264998

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2012, 10:08
by Boman
Thanks for the links, Jbash :)

Re: RE: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2012, 13:20
by Asif
Boman wrote:Asif,

91-0391 also spotted during stopover at Moron;
http://www.airfighters.com/photo/104039 ... n/91-0391/


Guys will update this post as soon as we have photos of #91-0391 in action at Kandahar AB.

RE: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2012, 09:20
by Asif
157th FS returns home to McEntire JNGB


USAF F-16C block 52 #93-0549 from the 157th FS returns after a four-month AEF deployment at Kandahar Airfield on August 21st, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Watson]


USAF F-16C block 52 #93-0531 from the 157th FS returns after a four-month AEF deployment at Kandahar Airfield on August 21st, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Watson]


USAF F-16C block 52 #92-3903 from the 157th FS returns after a four-month AEF deployment at Kandahar Airfield on August 21st, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Watson]


USAF F-16C block 52 #93-0551 from the 157th FS returns after a four-month AEF deployment at Kandahar Airfield on August 21st, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Watson]


Lt. Col. Walter 'Paps' Meares, a pilot with the 157th FS at McEntire JNGB, returns home in F-16C block 52 #92-3902 after a 4 month AEF deployment at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on August 21st, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Watson]

RE: Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2012, 22:00
by Asif
South Carolina National Guard wrote:Wing wraps up largest deployment since Desert Storm
Story by Maj. James RothSmall

EASTOVER, S.C. — More than 300 members of the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing return from Operation Enduring Freedom this week. The deployed Swamp Foxes have been providing fighter support for ground commanders in Afghanistan for the past four months.

The wing deployed a record 18 F-16 fighter jets and close to 400 personnel (pilots, maintenance specialists and support staff) in April. About 90 additional Swamp Foxes deployed in June to overlap briefly with and replace Airmen scheduled to return home mid-cycle.

While deployed, the unit flew more than 2,200 sorties, totaling more than 9,400 combat hours. “Our biggest success was right where it needed to be – providing ground commanders close air support 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for 120 days straight,” said Lt. Col. Boris Armstrong, 157th Expeditionary Fighter Wing Squadron commander.

The success of the mission was made possible by invaluable behind-the-scenes work from the unit’s maintenance crews working long hours in brutal Afghan summer heat to keep the jets flying.

Maj. Shari Askins, officer in charge of F-16 maintenance while deployed to Kandahar Airfield, said, “The sacrifices they’ve made and the demands they’ve met are immeasurable. Walking the flight line in 118-degree heat with jets running, dust blowing in your face, and the constant anticipation of incoming rockets … their dedication is truly remarkable.”

This was the wing’s largest deployment since Operation Desert Storm and the fourth major deployment of its F-16s since 2002 (when the wing deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and flew more than 200 combat missions in the early days of the Afghanistan Campaign). In 2003, the 169th deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and flew more than 400 combat missions. Then, in 2010, elements of the 169th deployed again to support operations in Iraq.

Col. Mike Hudson, 169th Fighter Wing commander, said, “Deployments of this size and duration are not possible without the support of our families, our civilian employers and the community in general. Their support allows our Swamp Foxes to focus confidently on the mission at hand, and that focus contributed to this hard-working team’s phenomenal mission accomplishment in Afghanistan and at home.”

source: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/93761/wing ... DfqcaOQmes

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2012, 16:20
by ghettobird
jbash wrote:
The jet black tank with the squadron name on 96-082 looks pretty cool.

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_phot ... ?id=265000




That jet black tank is a "travel pod" , recycled napalm canisters from Vietnam used to store pilot luggage and aircraft equipment needed for the deployment.

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2012, 16:32
by Boman

Unread postPosted: 25 Sep 2012, 09:44
by Asif

Unread postPosted: 17 Oct 2012, 05:06
by Siesta
Thought this would have been posted.. its been over two months..

Misawa AB wrote:Fighting Samurai deploys airpower to OEF
by 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

8/21/2012 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen from the 14th Fighter Squadron and 35th Aircraft Maintenance and Maintenance Squadrons at Misawa Air Base, Japan deployed to Southwest Asia on Aug. 13, 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The deployment marks another chapter in the Fighting Samurai's support to the Central Command area of responsibility and their mission during this deployment provides support during a critical phase in the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan. Taliban forces are stepping up efforts to target civilians with extreme violence and the 14 FS and 35th AMXS and MXS are deploying to help bring this to an end.

"This deployment to the CENTCOM area is not the first for our Airmen," said Col. Sam Shaneyfelt, 35th Operations Group commander. "Misawa Airmen have been continuously downrange before this deployment and will be there after the 14th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and 148th Fighter Wing return home."

The main focus for the 14 FS for the past six months has been the ability to deliver on-call close air support in support of International Security Assistance Force objectives. This required extensive day and night training at Misawa and a deployment to Green Flag in Nevada, where the 14 FS worked as a team with Army units and Joint Terminal Air Controllers.

"Specifically, the training was centered on urban areas, confusing target arrays and the ability to drop high-value targets in their tracks at a moment's notice," said Shaneyfelt. "Our pilots and maintainers honed our skill sets to the highest level and I'm exceedingly confident in their razor sharp capabilities."

Several F-16 fighter jets, pilots, maintainers and additional support staff from Misawa Air Base complete the aviation package necessary to help conduct the close air support mission for troops on the ground in Southwest Asia.

The 14 FS has also been busy with other projects outside of preparing for this deployment, like deploying to South Korea, assisting in Tsunami recovery, prepping for and a completing an Operational Readiness Inspection and other training exercises in the Pacific Region within the past two years.

"I'm incredibly proud of our Airmen," said Lt. Col. Gene Sherer, 14 FS commander. "We're fully prepared for this deployment and I'm confident our pilots and maintenance professionals are ready for this mission."

source: http://www.misawa.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123315035

Unread postPosted: 26 Oct 2012, 21:02
by Asif
14th FS returns from Afghanistan. Mission marks on #90-0812


Maj. Kathryn Gaetke, 14th FS pilot, returns to Misawa AB on October 25th, 2012 in F-16C block 50 #90-0812 from the 14tg FS after being deployed to support OEF. [USAF photo by A1C. Kenna Jackson]

Unread postPosted: 08 Nov 2012, 12:34
by Asif
Shaw AFB wrote:Shaw Airmen, pilots maintain global readiness
by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

11/6/2012 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- More than 300 Airmen and approximately 20 F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots from the 77th Fighter Squadron deployed recently to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia to support overseas contingency operations.

Squadron, group commanders and other Team Shaw members rallied around the Airmen to support them as they departed.

"We continuously stay ready for any assignment that may come our way, but it really helps our transition process when we have so many supervisors and family members supporting us," said Airman 1st Class Andy Bish, 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment mechanic.

Over the multi-day transition, Col. Helen Brasher, 20th Maintenance Group commander and Lt. Col. Leah Fry, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, supported the surge of Airmen by being on the flightline as aircraft took off and shaking the hands of Airmen as they loaded onto passenger aircraft.

"Our Airmen maintain these jets with pride to keep them capable of traversing the globe to aid in any operation," said Fry.

A feeling of pride and excitement could be sensed amongst the Airmen as they prepared to move out for their assignment.

"It's times like this that we thrive," Bish said. "We truly come together as one, smooth functioning unit to get the job done. I'm excited to reach our destination and accomplish our mission and return home to our friends and families."


source: http://www.shaw.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123325315

Unread postPosted: 10 Nov 2012, 10:20
by jbash
I was wondering who replaced the units that came back to the U S a few weeks ago. Thanks

A few of the Shaw boys were snapped when they went through Moron AB in Spain on Oct 12th and 14th.

91-353 77th Flagship Sleek travel pod for the commander's bird.

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_phot ... ?id=272959

92-3920 20th FW Flagship

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_phot ... ?id=273289

01-7052 Looks like this one was recently repainted. I don't think they finished retouching all the tail markings.

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_phot ... ?id=274318

According to the photographer one of these 4 is 91-376

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_phot ... ?id=275379

Unread postPosted: 10 Nov 2012, 19:20
by Boman
Acording to the postings of the same on Airfighters.com, these are outbound Vipers.
Anyway, non of these are newpainted, as the paint is faded and not incomplete. Sorry!

Unread postPosted: 23 Nov 2012, 11:37
by Asif
#91-0376 from 77 FS identified at Kandahar. Mission markings visible


Brig. Gen. Scott Dennis, 451st AEW and Kandahar Airfield Commander, poses in front of F-16C block 50 #91-0376 from the 77th FS. Dennis is an F-16 pilot who has flown more than 60 combat missions during the past year. He relinquishes command at the end of the month. [USAF photo by MSgt. Russell Martin]


Brig. Gen. Scott Dennis, 451st AEW and Kandahar Airfield Commander, is seen in F-16C block 50 #91-0376 from the 77th FS before flying a mission in support of OEF. Dennis is an F-16 pilot who has flown more than 60 combat missions during the past year. He relinquishes command at the end of the month. [USAF photo by MSgt. Russell Martin]

Unread postPosted: 05 Dec 2012, 21:41
by Asif
Identified another Bulldog from the sandbox #91-0391 on its return to Duluth.

Bulldogs support OEF

[serial]91-0336[/serial][/b]
[photo]31317[/photo]

[b][serial]91-0391[/serial]


USAF F-16C block 50 #91-0391 from the 179th FS taxis to its parking spot at the Duluth ANGB after returning from Kandahar Airfield on October 22nd, 2012 after supporting OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Brett R. Ewald]

Unread postPosted: 09 Jan 2013, 16:21
by Asif