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Eielson deploys for AEF tasking


Release Date: 4/5/2004

Compiled from staff reports 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- More than 200 members of Eielson's 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to a location in Southwest Asia March 26.

The 355th Fighter Squadron deployed most of its assigned A-10s for the deployment. The Iceman Team members will be gone from 90-179 days.

The Icemen deployed earlier than the normally scheduled AEF so they could relieve in-place forces, said Col. Jan-Marc Jouas, 354th Fighter Wing commander.

"There are a limited number of A-10 units in the Air Force, and many of them are Guard and Reserve. We didn't deploy last year during our normal AEF rotation, so we're going early this time to give those units a well deserved break."

Personnel from the 354th Maintenance and Logistics Readiness Squadrons worked long hours over a four week period to ensure everything was ready for the deployment.

"Maintenance units started preparing cargo 48 hours prior to a C-17 coming to Eielson and used the JMC on a daily basis to double check cargo weights to ensure there were no delays during the processing phase," said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Mudery, 354th LRS NCO-In-Charge of airfield operations. "LRS members worked 14 hours a day inchecking cargo, processing passengers, building baggage pallets and loading up the aircraft."

"Everyone worked long hours and weekends to make the deployment successful. I couldn't be more proud of this Iceman Team effort," said Colonel Jouas. (Courtesy of Pacific Air Forces News Service)

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