A-10 Warthogs deployed to Southwest Asia

Posted at 2:25 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 19:18:14-04

BOISE, Idaho — Around a dozen A-10 Warthogs from the Idaho Air National Guard's 124th Fighter Wing deployed to southwest Asia to support combat operations there. The pilots will join the main body of the wing, which deployed on May 11.

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Over 400 members of the 124th Fighter Wing left Gowen Field yesterday after the deployment was postponed several times. Security forces, maintenance and medical personnel and other support staff are among those members.

Monday's deployment is the wing's second-largest deployment. Additional personnel will continue to deploy throughout the spring and summer in support of Operations FREEDOM'S SENTINEL, INHERENT RESOLVE and NEW NORMAL. Deployments typically last up to 180 days.

The last large-scale deployment of the 124th Fighter Wing was in 2016, in support of combat operations against ISIS. It was also the largest deployment in the wing’s history.