An Airpower Expeditionary Force (AEF) consisting of about
thirty aircraft and associated support personnel and equipment is
deploying to Qatar in support of Operation Southern Watch.
The 4th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) will deploy with F-15Es
from the 4th Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., F-16s from the
169th Fighter Wing, McIntyre Air National Guard Base, S.C.; from
the 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, N.M.; and from the 20th
Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.
Deployment of the 4th AEW was based upon consultations
between the Government of Qatar, the United States, and other
states in Southwest Asia. This deployment augments existing U.S.
forces in the region while validating our capability to rapidly
reinforce in-place forces during periods of increased tension.
The deployment also assists in improving U.S. interoperability
with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners in the region.