HomeUnits332nd Air Expeditionary WingNews

179th EFS redeploys to Minnesota

Airman talk with a pilot in front of an F-16 fighter jet

Lt. Col. Nathan Aysta, 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, talks with F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chiefs prior to launch, July 19, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 179th EFS is returning to the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota after a nearly four-month deployment to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Since April, the 179th EFS F-16s flew more than 600 combat sorties and nearly 3,500 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

An Airman puts wood blocks into a travel pod of an F-16 fighter jet

Tech. Sgt. Eric O’Conner, 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, loads chalks into the travel pod of an F-16 Fighting Falcon before launch, July 19, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 179th EFS is returning to the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota after a nearly four-month deployment to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Since April, the 179th EFS F-16s flew more than 600 combat sorties and nearly 3,500 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

A pilot sits in the cockpit of an F-16 fighter jet

Lt. Col. Nathan Aysta, 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, prepares for takeoff prior to launch, July 19, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 179th EFS is returning to the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota after a nearly four-month deployment to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Since April, the 179th EFS F-16s flew more than 600 combat sorties and nearly 3,500 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

An Airman uses a head set to speaks in front of an F-16 fighter jet

Master Sgt. Dallas Cody, 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, communicates with the pilot on an F-16 Fighting Falcon prior to launch, July 19, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 179th EFS is returning to the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota after a nearly four-month deployment to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Since April, the 179th EFS F-16s flew more than 600 combat sorties and nearly 3,500 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

A pilot waves goodbye from inside the cockpit of an F-16

Lt. Col. Nathan Aysta, 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, waves goodbye prior to takeoff, July 19, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 179th EFS is returning to the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota after a nearly four-month deployment to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Since April, the 179th EFS F-16s flew more than 600 combat sorties and nearly 3,500 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)