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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 160-99
April 10, 1999

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ORDERS MORE ASSETS TO EUROPE

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has ordered 82 additional aircraft to deploy to Europe in support of NATO Operation ALLIED FORCE. Secretary Cohen approved a request from U.S. European Commander in Chief Gen. Wesley K. Clark for additional assets to prosecute the air campaign over the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

This new order includes the deployment of 24 additional F-16CJ fighters, four additional OA-10 close air support aircraft, six EA-6B Prowlers, 39 KC-135 tankers, two KC-10 tankers and seven C-130 transport aircraft. The F-16CJs, OA-10s and two EA-6B aircraft will come from the U.S. Atlantic Command. U.S. Pacific Command will supply four EA-6Bs, and U.S. Transportation Command will provide the KC-135s and C-130s.

These aircraft will join the approximately 400 U.S. aircraft already in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE.

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