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    Hawaii Air National Guard Tankers Deploy to Support Operation Inherent Resolve

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    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI, UNITED STATES

    02.06.2016

    Video by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Jackson 

    154th Wing Public Affairs

    Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii- More than 50 members of the Hawaii
    Air National Guard (HIANG), based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-H)
    have deployed to Southwest Asia to join the 18-Nation air Coalition in the
    fight against Daesh.

    Three KC-135 Stratotankers belonging to the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, along with flight
    and maintenance crews and other support personnel, left JB PH-H this weekend for Al Udeid
    Air Base in Qatar.

    The HIANG Airmen will be deployed for four months as part of an Air
    Expeditionary Force rotation. The unit has deployed to the U.S. Central Command (US CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility numerous times. The most recent deployment is similar to a rotation during the summer and fall of 2014.

    Aerial refueling makes it possible to extend the range and persistence of Coalition air operations in Iraq and Syria, enabling U.S. and other Coalition aircraft to maintain a 24/7 presence over areas Daesh operates in, holding targets they value at risk.
    According to US CENTCOM, in areas where the Coalition is operating and supporting indigenous ground forces in Iraq and Syria, Daesh is operationally on the defensive. Unlike a year ago when Daesh had relative freedom of movement through much of Syria and Northern Iraq, today Daesh is struggling to hold the territory they have. Daesh has lost about 40% of the populated territory it once controlled in Iraq. In Syria, indigenous ground forces have expelled Daesh from the
    majority of the northern border, which accounts for roughly 17,000 square
    kilometers. Daesh has been forced to reposition forces, reconfigure units,
    change tactics and reorganize in order to maintain combat power and retain
    territory. At the same time, the pressure from Coalition-backed ground
    operations is causing Daesh to rely on harassing attacks, small/limited
    offensive attacks, and terrorist tactics (such as employing large numbers of
    IEDs).

    All of the HIANG Airmen who deployed are part of the 154th Wing, the largest
    Air National Guard wing in the nation. The Hawaii Air National Guard is
    comprised of nearly 2,500 Airmen whose federal mission is to be trained and
    available for active duty Air Force operational missions.

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    VIDEO INFO

    Date Taken: 02.06.2016
    Date Posted: 02.08.2016 04:07
    Category: B-Roll
    Video ID: 448935
    VIRIN: 160206-F-IX631-961
    Filename: DOD_103030122
    Length: 00:05:28
    Location: JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI, US 

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