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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

An A-10 fighter from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing takes off for a mission into Iraq on March 29, 2003, from a forward-deployed location.  
23rd Fighter Group

Home base: Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina

Aircraft: A-10 Thunderbolts

Units: The 23rd Fighter Group consists of the 74th and 75th Fighter Squadrons

Duties: A number of the 23rd Fighter Group's A-10 Thunderbolt's also known as "Warthogs," along with approximately 275 people, deployed to Southwest Asia at the end of February to participate in operations in Iraq. The A-10 Thunderbolt is the only Air Force aircraft specifically designed for close-air support of ground forces.

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