Shaheed Mwaffaq Air Base
Almost 1,200 personnel from the 4417th Air Expeditionary Force set up camp at Shaheed Mwaffaq Air Base near Azraq, Jordon between 30 March and 28 June 1996. The Air Force dubbed the deployed contingent in Azraq: "AEF II." The 4417th air expeditionary Force (AEF) was commanded by Brigadier-General William "Tunes" Looney. Airmen living in tent city called it Tunes Town after Looney's nickname "Tunes." Tunes Town contained more than 160 lodging tents with about eight people bunking together. It had around 80 showers, 80 toilets, and 40 washers and dryers, which also were all in tents.
A legion of support folks sustained the AEF operators and maintainers launch sorties. They included medics working out of an air transportable clinic, finance, personnel, administrators, services, legal, civil engineers, chaplains, photographers, and a host of others. The communicators set up a local area network, which had E-mail capability to the world. A tanker airlift control element team worked with a contingent of mobile aerial port personnel to load and unload air cargo. They lived on the flightline outside of Tunes Town, calling their desert home "the suburbs." Despite the primitive living conditions, harsh climate, and grueling workload, most managed to stay chipper and upbeat throughout the 80-day deployment.
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