Sunday, September 12, 2010

75th EFS A-10Cs expected for stopover at Lajes Thursday next week

As mentioned yesterday on the Dutch Scramble Message Board, the A-10Cs with the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (75th EFS) from Moody AFB, Georgia, should arrive at Lajes Field, Azores, for stopover enroute Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) next week on Thursday, September 16.

According to official USAF info, the 476th Fighter Group will support the 23rd Wing by sending more than 20 Airmen to fill critical roles within the 75th Fighter Squadron during this upcoming OEF deployment. The Reserve group, whose parent unit is the 442nd Fighter Wing located at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, was stood up at Moody AFB in 2008 as part of the total force initiative to seamlessly integrate the unit within the 23rd Fighter Group and its respective squadrons.

As it's known to me, the 75th EFS will replace the 81st EFS from Spangdahlem AB, Germany, which originally deployed to Kandahar Airfield in May 2010. In early August 2010, the 81st EFS was reinforced by six unknown A-10Cs from the 81st Fighter Squadron, together with A-10Cs 78-0703 and 79-0194 from the 190th Fighter Squadron, 124th Wing (Idaho Air National Guard), Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Related info:
476th FG supports host wing during upcoming deployment
More A-10Cs are deployed to reinforce the 81st EFS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan (Update)

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