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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

F-16 Fighting Falcons wait on the "hot ramp" at a forward-deployed location while maintenance crews ready the weapons for a night mission on March 21, 2003. The F-16s are from the 20th Fighter Wing and are flying missions in Iraq for the 363rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.  
20th Fighter Wing

Home base: Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina

Destination: Persian Gulf air base

Aircraft: F-16CJ Fighting Falcons

Units: The 20th Fighter Wing consists of the 55th, 77th, 78th and 79th Fighter Squadrons plus the support and logistical units, including the 20th Operations Group, 20th Maintenance Group and 20th Mission Support Group

Duties: Squadrons from the 20th Fighter Wing will be a part of an Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF). A single AEF represents approximately six squadrons of fighter and bomber aircraft; C-130s Hercules and tankers; search and rescue personnel; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance forces; and the combat support elements.

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