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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

A B-52 Stratofortress heads towards Iraq on March 24 armed with a combination of air-launched cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs. This B-52 is from Minot Air Force Base and is assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron.  
5th Bomb Wing

Home base: Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota

Aircraft: B-52 heavy bombers

Units: The 5th Bomb Wing include the following squadrons:
• 23rd Bomb Squadron and the 5th Operations Support Squadron
• 5th Maintenance Group consisting of the 5th Munitions Squadron, 5th Maintenance Squadron, 5th Maintenance Ops Squadron, and 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
• 5th Mission Support Group consisting of the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron, 5th Communications Squadron, 5th Mission Support Squadron, 5th Services Squadron, and 5th Security Forces Squadron, 5th Contracting Squadron, and 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron
• 5th Medical Group consisting of 5th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron 5th Medical Operations Squadron and 5th Medical Support Squadron.

Duties: The 5th Bomb Wing is one of the Air Force's two B-52 wings. According to the Air Force, aircrews of 5th Bomb Wing assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron flew nearly 120 missions over Iraq, each lasting between 12 and 17 hours. The aircrews conducted a variety of missions, including close-air support and interdiction, as well as leaflet drops over the northern half of Iraq.

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