The United States National Area Guard, which is part of the United States Air Force or the United States Air Force (USAF), is one of the elements of action in Washington’s defense policy. Once the USAF units have ensured air superiority, their main role is to provide the ground forces with air support or close air support (CAS), as is the case in the Middle East, where fighting is already taking place in Iraq and Syria. very long fight against Islamic terrorism.
Over the past Easter, a dozen F-16Cs from various ANG units, as well as the KC-135 and KDC-10 tanks, stopped at Joint Base Morn on their long journey from the east coast of the United States to the Middle East.
The majority of the F-16 belonged to the so-called New Jersey ANG, which is considered a combat element with the 117th fighter wing or the 177th fighter wing (177 FW). The 177 FW has only one squadron of fighter planes, the 119th Fighter Wing (119 FS), which employs several dozen F-16C single-seaters and some F-16D two-seaters, also recognizable by the head of a devil’s stabilizer. vertical, reminiscent of the FW’s nickname the Jersey Devils,
In the formation, they could also see F-16s of the so-called Vermont ANG and District of Columbia ANG, respectively named “The Green Mountain Boys”, and Capital Guardians, who officially protect the capital of the United States, known as the Washington District of Columbia (DC) operates from Joint Base Andrews (JBA), from where the President’s Boeing 747 Jumbo and Air Force One also operate.
In this case, it was most likely equipment transferred to Jersey by these two National Area Guard units for this particular mission, as they are units whose facilities are relatively close to those of Atlantic City, the headquarters of the 177 FW. Oddly enough, on the last F-16 landed with the number 86-0333, the above-mentioned markings of belonging to the Jersey ANG were applied to the vertical stabilizer, which was painted in light colors, in contrast to the poorly visible of the rest of the unit, which means that the apparatus is that of the squad leader. (Julio Maz Sanz)
Photo: New Jersey ANG F-16C 86-0333, with conventional insignia, landing at Morn Base. (Photo Julio Maz / )
Another aircraft that arrived in Spain after crossing the Atlantic was this F-16C from the so-called District of Columbia ANG. (Photo Julio Maz / )
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