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Team Shaw safely deploys Tigers

An F-16CM Viper pilot assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron (FS) communicates with his spouse prior to departure at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 21, 2019.

An F-16CM Viper pilot assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron (FS) communicates with his spouse prior to departure at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 21, 2019. The pilot deployed with the 79th FS as part of a rotation to continue to protect our personnel and support any mission requirement tasked to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

A group of pilots from the 79th Fighter Squadron (FS) gather for a briefing prior to takeoff at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 21, 2019.

A group of pilots from the 79th Fighter Squadron (FS) gather for a briefing prior to takeoff at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 21, 2019. The 79th FS deployed pilots to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to utilize exercises and training sorties that protect resources against enemy air defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

Members of the 79th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) walk towards a commercial aircraft on the flight line at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina, Oct. 17, 2019.

Members of the 79th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) walk towards a commercial aircraft on the flight line at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina, Oct. 17, 2019. The 79th AMU deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to support U.S. Central Command’s global war on terror. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Margaret Schauer, a 79th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, communicates with family via her cell phone in the Deployment Processing Center at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Margaret Schauer, a 79th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, communicates with family via her cell phone in the Deployment Processing Center at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 17, 2019. Schauer communicated with her family prior to deploying as part of a scheduled rotation to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

A pilot’s spouse watches an F-16CM Viper pilot assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron prepare for takeoff at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 21, 2019.

A pilot’s spouse watches an F-16CM Viper pilot assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron prepare for takeoff at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 21, 2019. Shaw Air Force Base has approximately 80 F-16 Viper fighter aircraft in to train and support in conventional and anti-radiation suppression of enemy air defense missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- U.S. Airmen and equipment assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and other supporting units deployed as part of a scheduled rotation to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Continuing to support U.S. Central Command’s global war on terror, sending trained and prepared Airmen demonstrates the Nation’s commitment to stability and security in the region.

“Our presence in the area allows us to sustain deliberate counterterrorism operations, serves as a deterrent to our enemies and shows commitment to our partners,” said Col. Derek O’Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander. “Through exercises and training sorties, we have ensured we can provide close air support, protect our personnel and resources against enemy air defenses and support any mission requirement that may be tasked.”

The Wing’s persistent emphasis on readiness and welfare has continually strengthened the team’s responsiveness and adaptability to current operations. From the medical group ensuring Airmen are fit-to-fight, to the mission support group palletizing cargo, this deployment displayed the teamwork and integration of the 20th Fighter Wing Airmen.

“We are ready to respond to any threat, in any location, at any time,” said O’Malley. “I am proud of our Wing, our Tigers and their families, who take the mission seriously and continue to make sacrifices in support of our Nation.”