F-16Cs operated by the 20th Fighter Wing’s 77th Fighter Squadron deployed from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of combat operations on October 26. The ‘Gamblers’ replaced the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which returned to Aviano Air Base, Italy, after completing its six-month deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. While deployed as the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron the unit will be assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing/Expeditionary Operations Group.
F-15Es assigned to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia in late-October and replaced the 492nd EFS, which returned to RAF Lakenheath, England. While deployed in support of Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ the ‘Rocketeers’ are assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. The squadron is normally assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.