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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 278-97
May 30, 1997

AIRCRAFT IN SUPPORT OF SFOR REDEPLOY TO U.S.

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.