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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 120-96
March 06, 1996

U.S. AIR FORCE FIGHTER AIRCRAFT DEPLOY TO JORDAN

Following consultations with the Kingdom of Jordan and other states in the Middle East, the Department of Defense announced today that the Air Force will deploy 34 fighter aircraft to Jordan as part of an Airpower Expeditionary Force. The AEF, scheduled to begin in mid-April, will include Air Force support equipment and aircraft as follows: F-15s from the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va.; F-16s from the 347th Wing, Moody AFB, Ga. and the 366th Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and KC-135s from the 96th Aerial Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Wash.

The AEF will provide additional land-based air forces to augment regional assets while at the same time giving the Air Force an opportunity to work and train with coalition partners in the region. The AEF deployment is temporary and should be completed near the end of June, 1996.