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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

Air Force F-15 Eagles from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., patrol the southern no-fly zone in Iraq during a previous deployment for Operation Southern Watch.  
1st Fighter Wing

Home base: Langley Air Force Base, Virginia

Aircraft: F-15C Eagle fighters

Destination: Persian Gulf air base

Units: 27th Fighter Squadron, 71st Fighter Squadron, and 94th Fighter Squadron, plus support and logistical squadrons.

Duties: The fighter wing will be a part of a Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF), which is comprised of six squadrons of fighter and bomber aircraft; C-130s Hercules and tankers; search and rescue personnel; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance forces; and combat support elements. During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the wing's two deployed squadrons flew more than 6,200 sorties.

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