S.C. Air National Guard wing deploys to Southwest Asia

South Carolina Air National Guard jet (Courtesy: SCANG)

Nearly 300 S.C. Air National Guard airmen will spend the next four months in Southwest Asia.

SCANG reports the 169th Fighter Wing will join the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in the region to support an Air Expeditionary Force rotation.

The U.S. Air Force routinely deploys fighter aircraft units to the region to support USAF Central Command crews with necessary capabilities to "maintain a deterrent against threats to regional security and stability".

SCANG airmen, also known as the Swamp Fox unit, have deployed multiple times to various locations in the region since September 11, 2001.

Locations the unit has deployed to include Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Poland, and South Korea.

In addition to the airmen, nearly a dozen F-16 Block 52 Fighting Falcon fighter jets are being deployed.

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