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  • EC-130H Compass Call protects and enhances regional airpower capabilities

    Over the past month, the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, has flown in two multi-nation, large force employment exercises that strengthened integration capabilities with CENTCOM partners and allies.The Compass Call, flown by the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, is
  • Deployed aircraft maintainers enable 'dynamic force employment'

    380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (EAMXS) Airmen prepare F-16 Fighting Falcons to deliver combat airpower at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 16, 2020. The 380th EAMXS and the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s presence in the region highlights the Air Force's ability to rapidly deploy and employ forces anywhere around the globe at any moment. (U.S. Air Force photo story by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)
  • From flip phone to smart phone: AWACS gets an upgrade

    The first fully qualified crew under the new crew design for the E-3 G Airborne Warning and Control System reached their deployment location in September 2020.The new crew design, introduced in 2016, was inspired by the Block 40/45 Modernization Program update to the E-3 AWACS weapons system. As the Block 40/45 configuration enhances
  • ADAB Strike Eagles demonstrate agility and enhance regional defense

    An F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, takes off for Agile Strike Sept. 18, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The 336th EFS sent two aircraft and personnel to operate missions out of Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia to challenge their flexibility at expanding tactical and strategic reach
  • U.S. Air Force's F-35A performs first sortie during Middle East deployment

    An F-35A Lightning II pilot assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron dons an anti-gravity suit in preparation for the first combat sortie in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility April 26, 2019, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fleet of F-35s deployed from the 4th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base,
  • UTANG Airmen far from home, bringing the fight

    Far from home in a deployed environment, many components make up the complex, yet dynamic mission. Members of the Utah National Guard, also known as UTANG, are one of those key components here at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
  • QA making sure it’s done right

    Going the extra step to ensure things are done the right way is what the Air Force is about. This precaution is pertinent to Airmen’s safety and the Air Force’s mission. The 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Group Quality Assurance team is responsible for serving as the primary technical advisory agency to the Maintenance Group commander. This group of Airmen act as a force of safety for anything having to do with the flight line.
  • Zeroing weapons, increasing Defenders’ lethality

    The 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron participated in firing live rounds for the first time in nearly four years at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, March 8, 2019.
  • The Flight Line at ADAB

    Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing execute the mission from the flight line at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Mar. 5-6, 2019.
  • Ammo Flight: more than building bombs

    Aircraft have a multitude of capabilities. One of the most vital is dropping bombs and other munitions. Whether it’s for joint-force training or in combat, there are Airmen on the ground responsible for getting those munitions where they need to be.
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