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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

From left to right, Capts. Tally Parham and Mary Melfi and 1st Lt. Julie Ayres walk down the flightline at a forward-deployed air base in the Middle East on May 3, 2003 The three officers are assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and flew combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ayres and Melfi are F-15E Strike Eagle weapons system officers deployed from the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Parham is an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from the South Carolina Air National Guard at McEntire Air National Guard Base.  
4th Fighter Wing

Home base: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina

Destination: Persian Gulf air base

Aircraft: F-15E Strike Eagle

Units: 333rd-336th Fighter Squadrons, plus support and logistical squadrons.

Duties: The 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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