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380th Air Expeditionary Wing

 

380TH AIR EXPEDITIONARY WING

The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing was established on Jan. 25, 2002. It is located at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, and is one of the most diverse combat wings in the Air Force. The wing is comprised of 10 squadrons and its mission partners include an Army air defense battalion, and multiple coalition partners.

The wing's mission is to conduct combat operations, directed by the President in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support, to protect national interests in United States Central Command's 27-country Southwest Asia area of responsibility. The wing maintains unmanned aerial vehicle aircraft in order to provide combat air power, in joint and combined aerospace operations with Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coalition forces.

To accomplish its mission, the wing is equipped with MQ-9 Reaper UAVs. The Reaper is designed to find, fix, track, target, engage, and assess critical emerging threats, both moving and stationary. MQ-9 units can also conduct aerial intelligence gathering.

The 380th AEW brings together active duty, Reserve and Air National Guardsmen Airmen, joined with civilian patriots and DoD contractors, to carry out its mission.

(Current as of July 2021)