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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 439-97
August 26, 1997

AIR EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO DEPLOY TO BAHRAIN

An air expeditionary force consisting of about 20 aircraft and associated support personnel and equipment will deploy during mid-September to Bahrain in support of Operation Southern Watch.

The 366th Air Expeditionary Wing will deploy with F-15Es and F-16s from the 366th Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.

Deployment of the 366th AEW was based upon consultations between the governments of Bahrain, 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. The deployment also assists in improving U.S. interoperability with Gulf Cooperation Council partners in the region.