Bagram 2017 Deployment

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Unread post07 Jan 2017, 16:40

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Bagram aircraft enable 'defend, support, deliver' mission

An F-16 Fighting Falcon belonging to the 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron out of Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, sits on the ramp after returning from a mission at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2017. The 79th EFS at Bagram provides counterterrorism to enable a successful train, advise, assist campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)
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Unread post15 Jan 2017, 06:33

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Maintainer-turned-fighter-pilot puts new skills to the test

Capt. David, 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot, walks out to an F-16 Fighting Falcon before a night mission Jan. 13, 2017 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. David enlisted in the Air Force in 2004 as an F-16 avionics specialist and now flies the same airframe he used to maintain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)
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Unread post20 Feb 2017, 00:58

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NBA referee and critically acclaimed author Bob Delaney (r) along with pro basketball veterans Caron Butler (4th r partly blocked), Ivory Latta (7th r) and Sam Perkins (8th r) pose for a photo with service members in front of an F-16 fighter jet during a USO/NBA tour stop at a base in the Middle East on February 19, 2017. The USO and the NBA joined forces to bring the fun and excitement from the New Orleans game to U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East as part of a USO entertainment tour. USO Photo by Fred Greaves.
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Unread post03 Jun 2017, 06:39

#Tigers from the 79th Fighter Squadron responded to an urgent situation to #FlyFightWin in a hostile environment while deployed to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing - Bagram Airfield. In trademark #Airman fashion, they did what needed to be done to finish the mission. #Innovation
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Unread post02 Sep 2017, 14:37

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New F-16s were added to Bagram Airfield's fleet, bolstering their ability to provide close-air-support for coalition forces. The F-16 ensures coalition dominance of the skies, facilitating the Afghan government’s training and coalition forces’ assistance.

Maintainers prepare an F-16 Fighting Falcon for combat after landing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 31, 2017. Within hours of arriving from Aviano Air Base, Italy, the new F-16s were loaded with munitions and ready to deliver airpower in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)

Not sure if these are more jets for the current Sq (555th?) or a plus up during a rotation...
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Unread post02 Sep 2017, 17:21

Looks like the additional aircraft (from your link) come from the 510FS, which would indicate that these are additional jets, and not just rotation.

555FS have already been in Afganistan a while, hence 89-2016 is probably returning from a mission.
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Unread post21 Oct 2017, 17:51

please, what is typical armament of F-16CJ 13FS "panthers" WW from Bagram?

Is it possible this combination with ALQ184 on central pylon? Or it is usual combination for this squadron?
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Unread post22 Oct 2017, 19:48

capik wrote:please, what is typical armament of F-16CJ 13FS "panthers" WW from Bagram?

Is it possible this combination with ALQ184 on central pylon? Or it is usual combination for this squadron?



This is from that deployment....

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Unread post01 Nov 2017, 20:25

Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of combat operations in Afghanistan.

Deployed out of the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, “The Gamblers” have an illustrious history of combating oppression and terrorism; from World War II, when they flew as a P-51 Mustang unit escorting heavies, to Operation Unified Protector in 2011, where they enforced the no-fly zone and provided protection to Libyan civilians.

The 77th EFS replaced the 555th EFS, out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, who delivered decisive airpower for the past six months.
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Unread post24 Nov 2017, 17:04

http://www.afcent.af.mil/Units/455th-Ai ... offensive/

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --

The 455th Air Expeditionary Wing played a pivotal role in the combined operations against Taliban revenue streams, Nov. 19-22, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Beginning Nov. 19, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as well as U.S. Forces-Afghanistan launched a series of strikes targeting Taliban drug laboratories and one command and control node.

These strikes are just the beginning of a new campaign reflecting the U.S. strategy announcement that granted new authorities to U.S. Central Command this last summer, according to a USFOR-A news release.

The operation was a combined offensive. After the initial Afghan air force strikes, the wing’s assets paired with U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptors, B-52 Stratofortresses, and U.S. Marine Corps High Mobility Rocket Systems, or HIMARs.

“From day one of the operation, E-130H Compass Call aircraft acted as key nodes to deter enemy communications,” said Brig. Gen. Craig Baker, 455th AEW commander.

MQ-9 Reaper and E-11s were also crucial to initial and continued airstrikes.

“Our MQ-9s have become an essential component of operations in Afghanistan, providing an unblinking eye for days, weeks, and months,” said Col. Stephen Jones, 451st Air Expeditionary Group commander, whose unit is located at Kandahar Airfield. “Additionally our fleet of E-11 aircraft persistently link ground forces with fighter, bomber, and tanker aircraft, giving them the means to communicate with headquarters.”

The 455th AEW’s warfighting platforms provide diverse capabilities to USFOR-A and its Afghan counterparts. Along with the EC-130s, MQ-9s and E-11s, F-16 Vipers from the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron continued to strike Taliban targets over the next two nights, including more narcotics production facilities.

“This is the first time we’ve integrated with AAF and coalition forces in this way,” said Baker. “Though our wing’s mission hasn’t changed, because of the new U.S. strategy, we can now support a wider range of operations throughout the country, enabling Afghan air and ground forces to continue fighting through the winter.”

Aside from the air assets, all of the approximately 2,500 Airmen assigned to the 455th AEW were key players in delivering decisive airpower. The C-130J Super Hercules of the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron transported ground personnel and equipment ahead of the strikes while aeromedical evacuation crews were ready to assist at any time.

“The Vultures of the 455th AEW remain aware, vigilant, focused and efficient as they continue to defend, support, and deliver airpower,” said Baker. “We are the only combat airpower wing located in Afghanistan and we provide the proximity required to keep the pressure on our enemies. Each of our Airmen is ready to deliver airpower every day all the way to the end.”

Jones echoed Baker’s sentiments saying, “These operations do not just happen because we have amazing pilots and maintainers; they are made possible by a much larger team of force protection, civil engineering, personnelists, and airfield specialists who work together.”

Furthermore, behind each Airman’s relentless drive to support combat operations, Baker knows there is a family member at home awaiting his or her safe return.

“A huge thank you to our Airmen’s families for their continued support and contribution,” said Baker. “Without them, we couldn’t strive to be the premier counterterrorism wing, enabling a successful train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan.”
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Unread post03 Dec 2017, 02:41

Interesting to see a Demo jet dropping iron...
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