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]
Lt. Col. Brent Allen, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, launches an F-16 Fighting Falcon for a mission May 4, 2012. Personnel are deployed from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Swamp Fox F-16s, pilots, and support personnel began their air expeditionary force deployment early April to take over flying missions for the air tasking order and provide close air support for troops on the ground in Afghanistan.