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Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan
US Forces Order of Battle
01 January 2003

This is a "best available" order-of-battle of forces deployed in CENTCOM's part of Central and Southwest Asia, as well as EUCOM forces in Turkey participating in Operation Northern Watch. The amount of publicly available information concerning aircraft types and specific units has diminished to the point that it is no longer possible to provide a high fidelity profile of current deployments. There are evidently significant gaps in unit identifications, as well as non-trivial uncertainties as to numbers of specific types of aircraft. The presence of significant numbers of civilian contractor personnel at various facilities in the region further complicates accounting for total personnel numbers. Excluding forces deployed in direct support of Operations Southern Watch and Northern Watch, there are probably about 9,000 military personnel in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, including about 400 aircraft of all types. The number of troops deployed in the area fluctuates on a daily basis, and has averaged between 9,000 and 12,000 since September 11, 2001, with typically about 200 aircraft in the region. Forces in the region include a mix of special operations forces deployed in support of US Central Command operations. To enhance force protection throughout the region, additional military security personnel are also deployed.

Ground forces include a brigade-sized unit located throughout Afghanistan. Rotations occur every 6 months and take over a month to complete. A name for the rotation has yet to be identified. It is believed that the total Army presence in the region is nearly 5,000 soldiers.

The US Air Force's Expeditionary Air and Space Force (EAF) concept and organization sets a guideline for Air Force deployments to operational locations. The EAF is comprised of 10 Aerospace Expeditionary Forces (AEF) each with lead combat and support wings including on-call wings that could be deployed if required. Deployments for active duty units lasts roughly 90-days while Reserve and Guard units deploy typically for 30 - 60 days. Generally one AEF is assigned to Operation Southern Watch and one is assigned to Northern Watch. These aircraft do at times patrol the skies of Afghanistan. AEF 7 and AEF 8 units deployed beginning in late November and will remain until the end of February 2003.

Recent Developments

Roughly 600 Marines from the 2nd Force Service Support Group departed Camp Lejeune on December 30, 2002 and were believed to be heading for Afghanistan.

CENTCOM Central Asia - Ground Forces
Combined Task Force 180

TOTAL~ 9,000
Afghanistan - Bagram Airfield~
Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan
5th BN, 19th Special Forces Group~ 300
1st BN, 20th Special Forces Group~ 400
element of 3rd Special Forces Group
U/I Naval Special Warfare Unit
element of 4th Pyschological Operations Group
Task Force 11
Task Force 64
element of Aust Special Air Service Rgt
Afghanistan - Kabul~
Lima Company, 3rd BN, 6th Marines
Marine Corps Security Force BN
Marine Security Guard BN
Afghanistan - Kandahar Airfield~
3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne [Task Force Panther]~ 5,000
1st BN, 505th Parachute Infantry Rgt
3rd BN, 505th Parachute Infantry Rgt
Battery C, 1st BN, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Rgt
1st BN, 229th Aviation Rgt? - AH-64A
element of 1st Corps Support Command
82nd Forward Support BN
element of 313th Military Intelligence BN
element of 307th Engineer BN
element of 769th Engineer BN
elements 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne [Task Force Devil] [Brigade Rotation]~ 5,000
2nd BN, 504th Parachute Infantry Rgt
Afghanistan - Lwara~
element of 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne [Task Force Panther]
Afghanistan - FOB Salerno~
element 3rd BN, 505th Parachute Infantry Rgt

Land Based Aircraft

Location Unit Squadron Aircraft Personnel
Afghanistan - Bagram Airfield
455th Air Expeditionary Group
104th Fighter Sq 8 - A-10 ~ 150
Marine Attack Squadron 513 6 - AV-8
Afghanistan - Kandahar Airfield
Marine Air Control Sq 4
Bahrain - Muharraq Airfield
No. 216 Squadron [UK RAF]1 - L-1011 Tristar? 50
Diego Garcia
40th Air Expeditionary Wing? 20? 1,000
40th Bomb Squadron ? 8 - B-52
462nd Air Expeditionary Group? 12 - KC-135R
Kyrgyzstan - Manas
376th Air Expeditionary Wing
U/I Fighter Squadron ? - F-15
U/I Fighter Squadron ? - F-16
U/I Fighter Squadron [EPAF] 18 - F-16
U/I Air Refueling Squadron 1 - KDC-10
Kuwait - Ali Al Salem Air Base
386th Air Expeditionary Group1,500
71st Rescue Squadron 2 - HC-130P
No. 12 Squadron [UK RAF] 6 - Tornado GR4
15th Exp Recon Sq ? - RQ-1B
Kuwait - Al Jaber Air Base 771,200
332nd Air Expeditionary Group
332nd Expd Air Sprt Ops Sqdn
332nd Expd Intel Flt
U/I Fighter Squadron12 - A-10
U/I Fighter Squadron18 - F-15C
391st Fighter Squadron10 - F-15E
510th Fighter Squadron?8 - F-16CG/DG
VMFA 212 Lancers12 - F/A-18
U/I Airlift Squadron8 - C-130
332nd Expd Rescue Sqdn2 - HH-60G
U/I element, 552nd Air Control Wing 7 - E-3 AWACS
Pakistan - Jacobabad AB
321st Air Expeditionary Group
11th Reconnaissance Sq ? - RQ-1
15th Reconnaissance Sq ? - RQ-1
U/I Unit? - C-130
U/I Unit? - MH-153E
U/I Unit? - UH-60
U/I Unit? - CH-47
U/I Unit? - F-16
Qatar - Al Udeid Air Base 123,500
379th Air Expeditionary Wing
44th Expeditionary Air Refueling Sqdn? 4 - KC-10
340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Sqdn? 2 - KC-135R
911th Air Refueling Sqdn~ 2 - KC-135R
U/I Unit, 434th Refueling Wing? 2 - KC-135R
U/I element, 93rd Air Control Wing? 2 - E-8 JSTARS
det, VMAQ 1 ?3 - EA-6B
Oman - Masirah Air Base 141,300
319th Air Expeditionary Group
U/I Unit? 6 - KC-135R
U/I element, 911th Airlift Wing ? 8 - C-130
4th Special Operations Squadron ? 6 - AC-130U
8th Special Operations Squadron ? - MC-130E
Oman - Seeb International Airport 141,300
320th Air Expeditionary Wing?
U/I Fighter Squadron? -
U/I Airlift Squadron? - C-130
Oman - Thumrait Air Base
405th Air Expeditionary Wing? 10? 1,000
U/I element, 9th Bomb Squadron ? - B-1B
U/I element, 13th Bomb Squadron ? - B-1B
U/I element, 28th Bomb Squadron ? - B-1B
U/I element, 37th Bomb Squadron ? - B-1B
U/I element, 77th Bomb Squadron ? - B-1B
U/I element, 128th Bomb Squadron? - B-1B
U/I Unit? - E-3
U/I element, 55th Wing ? - RC-135
No. 201 Squadron? - Nimrod MR2
No. 206 Squadron? - Nimrod MR2
Saudi Arabia - Prince Sultan Air Base [PSAB]724,500
363rd Air Expeditionary Wing
335 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron 18 - F-15
336 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron 18 - F-16
186th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron
184th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron
6 - F-16
363 Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Sq 6 - E-3 AWACS
12th Air Control Squadron 2 - E-8 JSTARS
763 Expeditionary Reconnaissance Sq
12 Expeditionary Intelligence Sq
4 - RC-135
363 Expeditionary Air Refueling Sq 12 - KC-135
363 Expeditionary Airlift Sq
4402d Reconnaissance Squadron (P) 2 - U-2
det, VMAQ 1 ?3 - EA-6B
4404th MEDEVAC Company 6 - UH-60
No. 43 Squadron [UK RAF] 4 - Tornado F3
UAE - AL Dhafra Air Base
380th Air Expeditionary Wing 7? 500
U/I element, 9th Reconnaissance Wing ? 2 - U-2
12th Recon Sqdn, 9th Recon Wing? 1 - RQ-4
763 Expeditionary Air Refueling Sq? 4 - KC-10
Uz - Karshi Khanabad Air Base
416th Air Expeditionary Group ?
66th Expeditionary Rescue Sq? - HH-60G
Marine Air Control Sq 2? -

CENTCOM Southwest Asia - Naval Forces

Location Unit Squadron Aircraft Personnel
Bahrain - Manama 1,200
Naval Forces Central Command / Fifth Fleet
Destroyer Squadron 50
Combined Task Force 53 CTF-53
U/I Port Security Unit
Bahrain - Muharraq? 200
Det. VQ-1 World Watchers? - EP-3E ARIES II
Det. Two HC-2 Fleet Angels? - UH-3H
? - VH-3A
Det. One HC-4 Black Stallions? - MH-53E
Oman - Masirah AB
Combined Task Force 57 CTF-572 - P-3C? 100
Afloat Marines
Afloat Naval Aviation
Location Unit Squadron Aircraft Personnel
CVN 72 Abraham Lincoln
Carrier Air Wing 14 702,500
VF-31 Tomcatters 10 - F-14D
VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet 12 - F/A-18
VFA-113 Stingers12 - F/A-18C
VFA-115 Rampagers12 - F/A-18E/F
VAW-113 Black Eagles4 - E-2C
VAQ-139 Cougars4 - EA-6B
VS-35 Blue Wolves8 - S-3B
VRC-30 Providers Det2 - C-2A
HS-4 Black Knight6 - SH-60F
Afloat Warships
Group Ship Class Crew VLS Cells
TOTAL+ 8,500405
Abraham Lincoln Battle Group5,963405
CVN 72 Abraham LincolnCVN 683100-0-
CG 53 Mobile BayCG 47 364127
CG 67 ShilohCG 47 364127
DDG 60 Paul HamiltonDDG 51 32390
DD 992 FletcherDD 968 38261
FFG 37 CrommelinFFG 7 300-0-
FFG 57 Reuben JamesFFG 7 300-0-
AOE 2 CamdenAOE 1 700-0-
SSN 718 HonoluluSSN 688 130-0-
LHA 4 NassauLHA 1 964-0-
LPD 4 AustinLPD 4 420-0-
LSD 46 TortugaLSD 41 400-0-
Mine Countermeasures Division 31270
MCM 12 ArdentMCM 1 85-0-
MCM 13 DextrousMCM 1 85-0-
MHC 60 CardinalMHC 51 50-0-
MHC 61 RavenMHC 51 50-0-
UK Operation Oracle237
F 85 CumberlandType 22 237-0-
UK Armilla Patrol365
F 231 ArgyllType 23 169-0-
M109 BangorMCMV Sandown Class 34-0-
M111 BlythMCMV Sandown Class 34-0-
M101 SandownMCMV Sandown Class 34-0-
M33 BrocklesbyMCMV Hunt Class 45-0-
L3004 Sir Bedivere 49-0-

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