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]
A South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 currently assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, taxis onto the runway for take-off on a day-time mission over Afghanistan to support American and coalition ground forces Aug. 5, 2012. Members of the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., are deployed to Kandahar Airfield 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.