During the next few weeks, the United States will begin
redeploying four aviation units that have been supporting the
Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina to their home
stations in the continental United States (CONUS).
The Marine, all-weather, Fighter Attack Squadron 224 will
redeploy to Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, S.C. The Air
National Guard Detachment from the 110th Fighter Wing will
redeploy to W. K. Kellog Airport, Battle Creek, Mich. The 155th
Air Refueling Wing will redeploy to Lincoln, Neb. and the 121st
Air Refueling Wing to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base,
Columbus, Ohio. The first two units are redeploying out of
Aviano Air Base, Italy. The second two units are redeploying
from Istres Air Base, France.
The significance of this redeployment is that it represents
the end of the current cycle of rotations of fighter aircraft and
aerial refueling aircraft from CONUS to the U.S. European Command
(EUCOM) to support SFOR. Aircraft currently stationed in EUCOM,
both land-based and afloat, will continue the mission and provide
a high level of force protection for our soldiers, sailors,
airmen and Marines on the ground in the former Yugoslavia.