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169th Fighter Wing Return From Iraq

Family members of deployed 169th Fighter Wing Airmen, greet their airmen as they arrive to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., over 200 members of the 169th Fighter Wing return home Aug. 29, 2010, after a 120-day deployment to Iraq. The 169th Fighter Wing detachment was assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. While assigned to the 332nd AEW, the men and women of the 169th Fighter Wing generated and flew more than 800 combat air patrol missions over Iraq from May through August.



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This work, 169th Fighter Wing Return From Iraq [Image 5 of 5], by SSgt Jorge Intriago, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:08.29.2010

Date Posted:08.29.2010 19:40

Photo ID:313836

VIRIN:100829-F-#####-002

Resolution:1800x1200

Size:1.4 MB

Location:EASTOVER, SC, USGlobe

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