Kandahar OEF Deployment 2012

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Unread post19 Apr 2012, 11:28

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.
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Unread post23 Apr 2012, 10:12

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/
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Unread post23 Apr 2012, 23:31

More photos of the Swamp Foxes arrivals at Kandahar Airfield.

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#[serial]92-3903[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]92-3916[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]93-0549[/serial]
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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]
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USAF F-16C block 52 aircraft assigned to the 157th FS, arrive at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on April 14, 2012, in support of OEF. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]
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Unread post23 Apr 2012, 23:52

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.

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Unread post24 Apr 2012, 09:07

Serials ID:

#92-3902 157 FS
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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. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]
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Unread post24 Apr 2012, 16:47

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!
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Unread post27 Apr 2012, 19:49

#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]
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Unread post28 Apr 2012, 21:36

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
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SrA David Burkman, a crew chief assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, tightens the fuel door on F-16C block 52 #91-0370 from 157 FS on April 25, 2012. [USAF photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Cook]
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A1C Isaac Niesen, a crew chief from 451st EAMXS, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, marshals Capt. Jeffery Beckham, assigned to the 157th EFS flying F-16C block 52 #92-3917, before flying a mission on April 22, 2012. USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]
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SrA Lyla Rayer, a weapons loader assigned to 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, uses the Universal Ammunition Loading System to upload 20 mm rounds into F-16C block 52 #93-0531 from 157 FS on April 22, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]
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Unread post01 May 2012, 15:24


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]
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Unread post01 May 2012, 15:38

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]
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A1C Joshua Sisolak, a weapons loader assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield, uploads an AIM-120 missile onto F-16C block 52 #93-0541 on April 20, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]
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Unread post04 May 2012, 15:53

Another identification.

#93-0543 157 FS
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TSgt. Brandon Burton, a crew chief assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield, runs a check for air in the hydraulic system on F-16C block 52 #93-0543 from 157 FS on April 30, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]
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Unread post05 May 2012, 14:35

More 'Fox' action
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A1C Euris Capellan, a crew chief assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, conducts pre-flight checks on F-16C block 52 #92-3916 from 157 FS on April 30, 2012.[USAF photo by TSgt Caycee Cook]
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A1C Isaac Niesen, a crew chief assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, marshals an F-16 on the flight line before it launches on May 1, 2012. In the bakcground is F-16C block 52 #92-3889 from 157 FS. [USAF photo by TSgt Caycee Cook]
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A1C Isaac Niesen, a crew chief assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, wipes down F-16C block 52 #93-0549 from 157 FS on the flight line May 1, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt Caycee Cook]
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Unread post08 May 2012, 09:06


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]
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Unread post14 May 2012, 16:32

Another identification

#93-0533 157 FS
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Capt.William Broman, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, prepares to launch in F-16C block 52 #93-0533 for a mission May 10, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]
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