The storms that moved across South Carolina Monday night delayed 15 fighter pilots from a Shaw Air Force Base squadron and their F-16 Fighting Falcons that are heading to Iraq.
The pilots of the 77th Fighter Squadron who had planned to leave early Monday morning from Shaw Air Force Base were delayed by the storms that started late Sunday. The 15 fighter pilots and their F-16 Fighting Falcons that are heading to Iraq now plan to leave early Tuesday. More than 300 members of the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and others from the 77th left for Iraq last week and will be joined by the pilots.
They are to be deployed for four months. The squadron will fly close air support missions for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps units on the ground.
More than 200 airmen of Shaw’s 79th Aircraft Maintenance Unit to BagramAir Base in Afghanistan returned late Friday from a four-month deployment to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan where they were part of the 79th Air Expeditionary Force deployment.