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Joint Task Force Odyssey Guard (JTF-OG)

In October 2011, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) directed its Army component, US Army Africa (USARAF), to establish Joint Task Force - Odyssey Guard (JTF-OG) to plan for any potential US military missions in Libya following the fall of the regime of Moammar Gadhafi as part of Operation Odyssey Guard. The Commander of USARAF, at the time Major General David R. Hogg, was designated as the commander of JTF-OG. JTF-OG was comprised of service members from all 4 branches of the US Military and operated from a Command Contingency Post in Longare, Italy. The US Department of State was designated as the lead agency responsible for US-Libya relations in the post-conflict environment, requests for US military support would be made through the US Department of State to JTF-OG.

On 28 October 2011, an eight-member team from the US Air Force's 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and a 10-member team from Tenth Air Force prepared to evacuate 26 seriously wounded Libyan fighters to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and to Germany. The 4 fighters flown to Germany were critical cases requiring immediate care. Subsequently, aircrew assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany and piloting a C-130J Super Hercules delivered the four critically wounded fighters to medical facilities in Europe. On 29 October 2011, a C-17 Globemaster aircraft from the 172nd Airlift Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard, transported the other 22 wounded Libyan freedom fighters to Boston for treatment.

Joint Task Force Odyssey Guard was instrumental in providing support to the Department of State as it reopened the US embassy in Tripoli. After the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on 11 September 2012, it was acknowledged that Joint Task Force Odyssey Guard had not performed a similar mission at that site. It also provided explosive ordnance disposal assistance and monitored the security of the chemical weapons in the Waddan storage complex.

Operation Odyssey Guard ended on 6 January 2012, and JTF-OG was inactivated.




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