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Idaho Air Guard prepares for deployment to Middle East

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing sits on the flight line during sunrise at Gowen Field.
An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing sits on the flight line during sunrise at Gowen Field. Idaho Air National Guard

More than 500 members of the 124th Fighter Wing based at Gowen Field will depart for the Middle East this spring and summer as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Idaho Air National Guard announced Monday evening.

This will be the Idaho Guard's first major deployment in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.

The mission will include multiple aircraft, pilots, maintenance personnel, security forces, medical personnel and other support staff, according to a news release.

Deployments typically last up to 180 days, with multiple departures spread out over several months.

“This deployment highlights the dedication of the 124th Fighter Wing and its members, as well as the community of families, state and local leaders, neighbors and employers who have demonstrated once again their steadfast and unwavering support of Idaho’s service members,” Gov. Butch Otter said. “The impact on the community is recognized and their sacrifice is deeply appreciated.”

The Idaho Air National Guard is celebrating its 70th year of flying fighter aircraft in defense of the United States.

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