Joint Base Balad Deployment Update 2011/12

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Unread post04 Feb 2011, 21:16

First update from Balad AB for this year. 13 FS #91-0382
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SSgt. Jack Williams, 332nd EAMXS F-16 phase floor chief, examines an F-16 accessory drive gear box during phase maintenance Jan. 28, 2011. Sergeant Williams is deployed from Misawa AB, Japan. [USAF photo by SSgt. Keyonna Fennell]
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Unread post06 Feb 2011, 23:33

Oh yeah, I remember that HAS. Good ol Tiger Phase. It was renovated and we had a pretty good setup in there all by ourselves this past summer. Although we were right next to the orderly building, so we had to watch ourselves.
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Unread post04 Oct 2011, 21:25

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. Shaw Vipers in the da house. Latest New Dawn deployees


Airmen of the 332nd EAMXG begin work on the F-16C block 50 #99-0082 from the 79th FS shortly after they arrived at Balad AB and will be providing top cover for U.S. forces as they transition Iraqi bases back to the government of Iraq. [USAF photo by SrA. Amber R. Kelly-Herard]


A 332nd EAMXG maintainer parks F-16C block 50 #01-7051 from the 79th FS that arrived from Shaw AFB on September 25th, 2011. The F-16s are now part of the 332nd AEG at Balad AB. [USAF photo by SrA. Amber R. Kelly-Herard]


Serial's ID so far:

[serial]91-0375[/serial][/b]
[b][serial]97-0109[/serial][/b]
[b][serial]99-0082[/serial][/b]
[b][serial]01-7051[/serial][/b]
[b][serial]01-7052[/serial][/b]
[b][serial]01-7053[/serial]


12 more to find!
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Unread post29 Oct 2011, 11:46

ANG deployees to Iraq. 125 EFS Vipers arriving October 4th.


A crew chief from the 125th EFS watches F-16C block 42 #88-0539 from his squadron as it arrives in Iraq on October 4th, 2011. The squadron deployed in support of Operation New Dawn and will provide close air support for more than 40,000 troops leaving Iraq by the end of the year. [USAF photo by MSgt. Cecilio Ricardo]


USAF F-16C block 42 #89-2007 from the 125th EFS lands in Iraq on October 4th, 2011. The squadron deployed in support of Operation New Dawn and will provide close air support for more than 40,000 troops leaving Iraq by the end of the year. [USAF photo by MSgt. Cecilio Ricardo]


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#[serial]88-0539[/serial]
#[serial]89-2007[/serial]
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A weapons loader from the 125th EFS performs a post flight check on an F-16 after its arrival in Iraq, Oct. 4. The squadron deployed in support of Operation New Dawn. [USAF photo by MSgt. Cecilio Ricardo]
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Unread post31 Oct 2011, 17:05

Is this a six or twelve aircraft deployment?

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Unread post21 Nov 2011, 16:12

1Lt. Bernard Conrad, 332nd EAMXS, and Maj. James Buessing, 79th EFS, give AF Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz a close-up look at a GBU-54 Laser/GPS guided munition attached to F-16C block 50 #01-7051 at Balad on November 18, 2011. [USAF photo by MSgt. Paul Mann]
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1Lt. Bernard Conrad, 332nd EAMXS, and Maj. James Buessing, 79th EFS, give Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz a close-up look at a GBU-54 Laser guided munition attached to F-16C block 50 #01-7051 at Balad on November 18, 2011. [USAF photo by MSgt. MSgt. P
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Unread post22 Nov 2011, 21:31

Another 125 EFS Falcon ID'd

#88-0545


USAF F-16C block 42 #88-0545 from the 125th EFS flies over Iraq on November 9th, 2011 to provide air support for U.S. forces as they transition out of the country. [USAF photo by MSgt. Cecilio Ricardo]


USAF F-16C block 42s #88-0545 & #88-0539 from the 125th EFS fly over Iraq on November 9th, 2011 to provide air support for U.S. forces as they transition out of the country. [USAF photo by MSgt. Cecilio Ricardo]


USAF F-16C block 42s #88-0545 & #88-0539 from the 125th EFS fly over Iraq on November 9th, 2011 to provide air support for U.S. forces as they transition out of the country. [USAF photo by MSgt. Cecilio Ricardo]


79 EFS


A USAF F-16C from the 79th EFS flies over Iraq on November 9th, 2011 to provide air support for U.S. forces as they transition out of the country. [USAF photo by MSgt. Cecilio Ricardo]

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Unread post06 Dec 2011, 09:56

Latest update photo potentially shows 4 block 50s from 79 FS. 2 can be ID'd.

#[serial]91-0368[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]01-7052[/serial]
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Members of the 332nd AEW salute Brig. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, 332nd AEW commander, as he taxis in F-16C block 50 #91-0368 from 79 FS following his final flight as commander at Joint Base Balad on November 30, 2011. [USAF photo by SrA Amber R. Kelly-Herard]
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Unread post07 Jan 2012, 19:15

OIF/New Dawn draws to a close. Read Final USAF combat mission over Iraq.

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Col. Rodney Petithomme, 332nd EOG commander, and Lt. Col. Jason Plourde, 79th EFS commander, walk off the flightline after piloting the last two combat aircraft over Iraq on December 18, 2011. They are flanked by images of original Tuskegee Airmen. [USAF photo illustration by 1st Lt. Rusty Ridley][/u]
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Col. Rodney Petithomme, 332nd EOG commander, and Lt. Col. Jason Plourde, 79th EFS commander, walk off the flightline after piloting the last two combat aircraft over Iraq on December 18, 2011. They are flanked by images of original Tuskegee Airmen. [USAF
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Unread post14 Jan 2012, 06:50

Meanwhile, the 332nd AEW moved from Balad to another (still undisclosed) location in Southwest Asia, including the 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron with their F-16Cs. Let me try to find out their new location...


Capt. Charles Fallen and Maj. Greg Jenkins, 79th EFS pilots, pose for a photo next to their squadron patch January 10th, 2012 at a location in Southwest Asia. Fallen and Jenkins are both instructor pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. [USAF photo by SSgt. Joshua Garcia]


332nd AEW wrote:Luke pilots support 332nd AEW flying mission

by Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost
332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

1/11/2012 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Between mission and geographical transitions, pilots assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing have gone through their fair share of change.

Within a matter of months, Maj. Greg Jenkins and Capt. Charles Fallen, 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilots, have been through it all. Since their arrival, each has flown 25 combat sorties in support of a variety of missions out of different locations.

"When we arrived to the AOR in late September, our mission was to perform 24-hour, close air support for ground troops in Iraq," Fallen said. "From there, we moved to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, where our mission shifted toward moving troops out of Iraq. In fact, I had the privilege to witness history. I was in the air when the last convoy crossed the Iraq border."

That moment on Dec. 18, 2011, marked the first time since the beginning of Desert Storm in 1991 that U.S. aircraft weren't patrolling the skies in Iraq.

"Since then, we've been dedicated to training," Jenkins said. "There isn't much of a difference between the two types of missions from our point of view--we train the way we fight."

Jenkins and Fallen, who are instructor pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., said they believe training and combat sorties are equally important, as they go hand-in-hand. And sometimes, these teachers get to see their students put that training into action.

Jenkins said he was reunited with four of his previous students on this deployment.

"I actually ended up taking one of them, Capt. Dysart Cleeton, (deployed from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.) on his first combat sortie," he said. "That was very cool and a lot of fun for both of us."

source: http://www.balad.afcent.af.mil/news/sto ... =123285807
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Unread post03 Feb 2012, 00:12

Their current "undisclosed location in Southwest Asia" is Ahmed Al Jaber AB, Kuwait, AGAIN! - "disclosed" by some of the newest 332nd AEW Public Affairs photos... Please wait for a general update, edited by me.
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Unread post03 Feb 2012, 13:12

79 EFS at undisclosed but now disclosed AAJ, Kuwait.

ID'd so far:
#[serial]91-0375[/serial][/b]
[b]#[serial]00-0220[/serial]
Marked still as 20 OG bird
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SSgt. James Nunn, 332nd EAMXS crew chief, inspects the flight control accumulators during a phase inspection on F-16C block 50 #91-0375 from 79 FS at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on January 31, 2012 [USAF photo by SSgt. Joshua J. Garcia]
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MSgt. Davis Watkins, 332nd EAMXS first sergeant, stands in front of F-16C block 50 #00-0220 from 79 FS on February 2, 2012 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. [USAF photo by SrA Melanie Holochwost]
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Unread post10 May 2012, 01:05

The 79th EFS returned home in April. See: <a href="http://www.shaw.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123300047">79th Fighter Squadron F-16s return home</a> and some related news media articles.

The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing inactivated in a ceremony May 8, 2012, at an "undisclosed location in Southwest Asia" (Ahmed Al Jaber AB, Kuwait). See: <a href="http://www.afcent.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123301334">332nd AEW inactivates, becomes part of Air Force, Tuskegee Airmen legacy</a>

Don't miss the 332nd AEW's latest F-16 stuff:
<a href="http://www.332aew.afcent.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123296891">332nd AEW: Decisive Airpower</a>
<a href="http://www.332aew.afcent.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123296845">332nd AEW Airmen experience F-16 launch preparation</a>
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Unread post12 Jun 2014, 23:48

What a wasted effort now that a rag tag bunch of insurgents have invaded this base. :bang:
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Unread post13 Jun 2014, 15:42

f16cctul wrote:What a wasted effort now that a rag tag bunch of insurgents have invaded this base. :bang:


Their close to it! The irony here is that we bombed this base in 91 and then rebuilt it after the 2003 invasion and may have to bomb the place again - so much for the new Iraqi Air Force F-16s. Misawa F-16CJs are in Jordan - go Panthers!
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