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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

Airmen from the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida, offload an MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter from a C-17A Globemaster III at an Operation Enduring Freedom location.  
16th Special Operations Wing

Home base: Hurlburt Field, Florida

Destination: Persian Gulf air base

Aircraft: AC-130 gunships, MC-130 Combat Talons and MH-53 Pave Low helicopters

Duties: The 16th Special Operations Wing specializes in unconventional warfare, including counterinsurgency and psychological operations. Both the MC-130 and the MH-53 helicopter provide infiltration, exfiltration, resupply, or fire support for special operations forces. The MH-53J can permit operations from unprepared landing zones while the MC-130 can also fly psychological operations and helicopter air refueling missions.

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