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451st Air Expeditionary Group

Senior Airman Tyler Phillips, 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron response force member, monitors his team’s security sector at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Nov. 5, 2016. Response force teams are posted around the airfield at Kandahar to ensure 360-degree security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

Senior Airman Tyler Phillips, 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron response force member, monitors his team’s security sector at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Nov. 5, 2016. Response force teams are posted around the airfield at Kandahar to ensure 360-degree security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

Master Sgt. Ben, 62nd Reconnaissance Squadron sensor operator, poses in front of an MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Nov. 5, 2016. Ben is a native of the Philippines and became a U.S. citizen while serving in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

Master Sgt. Ben, 62nd Reconnaissance Squadron sensor operator, poses in front of an MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Nov. 5, 2016. Ben is a native of the Philippines and became a U.S. citizen while serving in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

 

The 451st AEG provides a persistent and powerful airpower presence in the Afghanistan area of operations. The group’s Airmen provide world-­class close air support, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, command and control, personnel recovery and airborne datalink capabilities whenever and wherever needed. The group operates the A-10C Thunderbolt II, the HH-60G Pave Hawk, the E­-11 BACN and the MQ­-9 Reaper at Kandahar airfield.