Monday, February 20, 2012

CAS reset within Afghanistan: "Total Force" A-10C team moved from Kandahar to Bagram Airfield

By Joachim Jacob, Warthog News Editor

According to a news article A10s head north, released yesterday by 451st Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs, the "Total Force" A-10C team, currently combat-deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, have been re-located from Kandahar Airfield to Bagram Airfield.

This historic move took place to support a close-air support reset of Air Force assets within Afghanistan.

As already reported on Warthog News, the "Total Force" A-10C team's aircraft package consists of six active A-10Cs, six AFRC A-10Cs, and six ANG A-10Cs - all in all 18 "Hogs" again:

81st Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany (tailcode SP)

A-10C 80-0275
A-10C 81-0956
A-10C 81-0965
A-10C 81-0966 (marked "52 OG")
A-10C 81-0981 (marked "81 FS")
A-10C 81-0985

107th Fighter Squadron, 127th Wing (Michigan ANG), Selfridge ANGB (tailcode MI)

A-10C 80-0163
A-10C 80-0258
A-10C 80-0262
A-10C 80-0265
A-10C 81-0994
A-10C 81-0998

47th Fighter Squadron, 917th Fighter Group (AFRC), Barksdale AFB, Louisiana (tailcode BD)

A-10C 79-0094
A-10C 79-0145
A-10C 79-0154

303rd Fighter Squadron, 442nd Fighter Wing (AFRC), Whiteman AFB, Missouri (tailcode KC)

A-10C 79-0109
A-10C 79-0111
A-10C 79-0119

At first, this "rainbowed" A-10C package operated as 107th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Now it's called 303rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. May be they will further operate as 47th and 81st Expeditionary Fighter Squadrons.

Let's wait for an A-10C news release and pictures from Bagram's 455th AEW Public Affairs.

At Kandahar Airfield, the "Hogs" were replaced by F-16Cs:

Flying South for the Winter - An Air Force F-16C, deployed from the 132nd Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard, arrives at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2012. The F-16 unit arrived Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to replace the A-10s that were stationed at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Skinkle) Hi-res

Please note: This breaking news will be updated soon.

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