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The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, located at an air base in Southwest Asia, is the primary tactical airlift hub for re-supply missions and provides combat service support to land component forces throughout the Persian Gulf Region.

The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing is comprised of the 386th Expeditionary Operations Group, 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Group, 386th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, 386th Expeditionary Medical Group and 387th Air Expeditionary Group. It includes active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen.

Many of the wing's Airmen are filling Joint Expeditionary Taskings (JET) and serve in the 387th Air Expeditionary Group. These JET Airmen fill U.S. Army combat support and combat service support requirements at bases in Southwest Asia, conducting Combat Logistics Convoys, Personnel Support Operations, Explosive Detection and Chapel Ministry. Additional 387th AEG Airmen are tasked with providing and maintaining continuous combat support, security, communications, contracting and base support services for all forces assigned to and transiting the local international airport.

The wing is home to one of two Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facilities (CASF) in the theater of operations. The CASF serves as a gateway for patients being airlifted to Germany or the United States for further medical treatment.

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Brittany.jones
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Montanez, 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130H Hercules aerospace maintainer craftsman, deployed from the 911th Airlift Wing out of  Pittsburgh Pa., assists with preflight checks on the aircraft, June 1, 2015 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The aircrew flew and delivered approximately 12 thousand pounds of supplies into Iraq to support Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. Jones)
When it's hotter than Hades, leave it to Hercules
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Montanez, 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130H Hercules aerospace maintainer craftsman, deployed from the 911th Airlift Wing out of Pittsburgh Pa., assists with preflight checks on the aircraft, June 1, 2015 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The aircrew flew and delivered approximately 12 thousand pounds of supplies into Iraq to support Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. Jones)
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Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent, films a news story about Remotely Piloted Aircraft and their role in Operation Inherent Resolve during a visit to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 6, 2015. The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing conducts precision strikes and persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) as part of the strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. Jones)
386th AEW relays roles in OIR to ABC
Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent, films a news story about Remotely Piloted Aircraft and their role in Operation Inherent Resolve during a visit to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 6, 2015. The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing conducts precision strikes and persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) as part of the strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. Jones)
tyler.alexander
Rep. Susan Davis, House Armed Services Committee, speaks with female U.S. Service members during a visit to Southwest Asia, May, 5, 2015. Davis provided female Service members with t Mother’s Day cards created by elementary school students in California to honor all the women spending the holiday away from their children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. Jones/Released)
CODEL Visit
Rep. Susan Davis, House Armed Services Committee, speaks with female U.S. Service members during a visit to Southwest Asia, May, 5, 2015. Davis provided female Service members with t Mother’s Day cards created by elementary school students in California to honor all the women spending the holiday away from their children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brittany E. Jones/Released)
tyler.alexander
U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Santos, the 386th Expeditionary Operations Group commander, taxis a C-130 Hercules down the taxiway after his final flight at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia May 6, 2015. The final flight signified the last flight Santos took as the commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson)
386th EOG commander’s final flight
U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Santos, the 386th Expeditionary Operations Group commander, taxis a C-130 Hercules down the taxiway after his final flight at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia May 6, 2015. The final flight signified the last flight Santos took as the commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson)
tyler.alexander
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Laura Shabazz, a 386th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron sustainment technician, directs a vehicle of incoming personnel during in-processing at an undisclosed location May 5, 2015. Inbound Service members arrived at the processing center to check in with the gaining base personnel. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson/Released)
PERSCO: Accounting for every member
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Laura Shabazz, a 386th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron sustainment technician, directs a vehicle of incoming personnel during in-processing at an undisclosed location May 5, 2015. Inbound Service members arrived at the processing center to check in with the gaining base personnel. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson/Released)
tyler.alexander
U.S Air Force Master Sgt. Craig Bosse, 386th Force Support Squadron community support flight superintendent, flips a tire during a memorial challenge at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia May 2, 2015. The 386th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal members hosted the event to remember the sacrifice Service members made and to raise awareness for the EOD Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization that honors fallen EOD warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson/Released)
EOD honors fallen with memorial challenge
U.S Air Force Master Sgt. Craig Bosse, 386th Force Support Squadron community support flight superintendent, flips a tire during a memorial challenge at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia May 2, 2015. The 386th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal members hosted the event to remember the sacrifice Service members made and to raise awareness for the EOD Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization that honors fallen EOD warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson/Released)
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"Ironman" leers menacingly at onlookers while on display at the 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Combat Metals Flight. More than 200 pieces of scrap went into the sculpture, which took the flight two weeks to complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Petosky)
Combat Metals Flight sculpts from scrap
"Ironman" leers menacingly at onlookers while on display at the 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Combat Metals Flight. More than 200 pieces of scrap went into the sculpture, which took the flight two weeks to complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Petosky)

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