October 8, 2005 (by Anonymous) - On October 5th, Belgian F-16AMs deployed to Kabul - Afghanistan, performed their first life close air support missions near Bagram.
A Belgian F-16AM from the 2nd wing over Afghanistan during the first mission in July of 2005. [BAF photo by VADOR]
The Belgian Air Component F-16s are deployed as part of operation "Eastern Eagle", under the authority of ISAF
(International Security Assistance Force). Belgium
participates to this ISAF peace force since March of 2002.
At the request of the Dutch ground troops, the Belgian F-16s were engaged to protect field reparation work on an unserviceable ISAF vehicle.