115th Fighter Wing deploying to support Operation Iraqi Freedom

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More than 200 Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing are preparing for their voluntary deployment to Iraq late next month in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 115th will deploy its Aviation Package, which includes a number of F-16 Fighting Falcons as well as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists and support personnel as part of their scheduled Air Expeditionary Force rotation. Their mission is to support ground forces in Iraq with close air support or other combat capabilities directed by the combatant commander.

The 115th will pair up with Airmen from the Iowa National Guard's 132nd Fighter Wing, Des Moines, to help cover the scheduled 90-day deployment.

The unit last deployed its Aviation Package in January 2008, also to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 115th Fighter Wing currently has 45 Airmen deployed to various locations around the world providing expeditionary combat support in support of OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom.