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‘Shooters’ deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron shakes hands with a tactical aircraft maintainer prior to deploying from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron shakes hands with a tactical aircraft maintainer prior to deploying from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. Prior to taxiing on the runway, tactical aircraft maintainers perform preflight inspections to ensure the safety of the pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) taxis on the runway at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) taxis on the runway at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. In the past the 55th FS has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as well as many others in its time as a functioning fighter squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) prepares to deploy from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) prepares to deploy from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. The 55th FS is deploying to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) await to deploy from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) await to deploy from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. The 55th FS deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with more than 20 F-16CM Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force tactical aircraft maintainer removes chalks from an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

A U.S. Air Force tactical aircraft maintainer removes chalks from an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. Following all preflight checks, tactical aircraft maintainers remove chalks to provide the jets mobility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcons assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) taxi on the runway at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcons assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) taxi on the runway at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. The 55th FS deployed alongside the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and other supporting units in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

A U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. More than 20 F-16s deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing go through a processing line at the Chandler Deployment Processing Center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing go through a processing line at the Chandler Deployment Processing Center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. During the processing line, Airmen finalized deployment paperwork and spoke with 20th Fighter Wing support agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing (FW) speaks with a processing line agency at the Chandler Deployment Processing Center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.

A U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing (FW) speaks with a processing line agency at the Chandler Deployment Processing Center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. Some of the units in the processing line included the 20th Comptroller Squadron finance office, 20th FW chaplains and the 20th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing receive a briefing at the Chandler Deployment Processing Center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018.
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing receive a briefing at the Chandler Deployment Processing Center at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2018. Representatives from various agencies on base briefed deployers on the services they are able to provide for them downrange as well as those available to their families stateside. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) walk on the flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 13, 2018.
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron (FS) walk on the flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 13, 2018. More than 400 Airmen from the 55th FS, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and other supporting units deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing interact with base leadership prior to deploying from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 13, 2018.
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing interact with base leadership prior to deploying from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 13, 2018. Base leadership greeted and provided a proper send-off for deployers from the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and other supporting units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron board an airliner at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 13, 2018.
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron board an airliner at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 13, 2018. Deployed Airmen use the training acquired stateside to accomplish their respective mission once deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- U.S. Airmen assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and supporting units, deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

In the past, the squadron has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and many others in its time as a functioning fighter squadron.

“Our Shooters are on their way to an incredibly important fight, to ensure that people that seek to do our nation and our allies harm, never get that opportunity,” said Col. Derek O’Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander. “I know our Airmen are capable of executing any task that is thrown their way — not only because they are well trained, but because of the constant support they get at home from their families, friends, and the community. While our Airmen are taking the fight to the enemy, we’ve got to double our efforts to take care of their families.”

Deploying with the Air Force’s premier suppression of enemy air defenses aircraft, the F-16CM Fighting Falcon, the units are putting mission success in their crosshairs.

Before the Airmen are allowed to deploy they must go through a processing line at the Chandler Deployment Processing Center.

In the line, deployers receive paperwork and speak with agencies, such as the 20th Comptroller Squadron finance office, 20th Fighter Wing chaplains and the 20th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center.

After Airmen completed the line, they received briefings about the conditions of their deployed location and the services offered to their families remaining stateside.

Following these briefings, Airmen disembarked in groups to an aircraft and prepared for the mission downrange.

“I am excited to finally go on my first deployment,” said Airman 1st Class Yuri Morin, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. “Everyone ahead of me, and those below me, have helped guide me and get me ready to accomplish the mission downrange.”

With mission success in their view, the 55th FS will utilize their training to execute the tasks at hand and showcase the lethality of the 20th Fighter Wing.