Three F-16C squadrons, two A-10C squadrons and one F-15E squadron are now in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
Air Forces Central (AFCENT) announced the arrival on Oct.24, 2023 of the F-16Cs of the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 119th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, bolstering U.S. posture to deter further aggression in the region. The “Jersey Devils” provide flexible options to coalition leaders directing air operations throughout the Middle East, according to the official statement, including contingency response capabilities and deterrence missions, while maintaining Operation Inherent Resolve’s Defeat-ISIS mission.
“We are fortunate to have the 119th EFS join us in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. Air National Guard Airmen bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our mission in the Middle East,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich, 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) and Combined Forces Air Component Command Commander. “The arrival of these Airmen strengthens our ability to support our allied, coalition, and regional partners as we work together to enhance regional stability and security.”
The 119th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft have arrived in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to bolster U.S. posture to deter further aggression @USAFCENTpic.twitter.com/BaVakOd3uB
The F-16s were reportedly trailing two KC-135 and two KC-46 tankers during the last leg of the deployment from Moron, Spain, to an undisclosed location in the Middle East. Although not confirmed, they …
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