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Gamblers deploy ‘double’ downrange

Airmen stand out on the flightline awaiting deployment.

77th Fighter Generation Squadron (FGS) Airmen stand in line at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 9, 2020. The FGS deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, to support U.S. Central Command’s global war on terror. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

Airmen board a plane.

77th Fighter Generation Squadron (FGS) Airmen board a Boeing 777 on the flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 9, 2020. The 77th FGS was part of a deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, to help demonstrate the nation’s commitment to stability and security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

An Airmen helps load luggage onto the plane.

A 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) Airman observes baggage being loaded into a Boeing 777 at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 9, 2020. The 20th LRS worked extended hours to assist loading more than 300 people and luggage onto the aircraft in preparation of their deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

A line of F-16 Vipers await takeoff on the flightline.

A line of F-16 Vipers assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron (FS) prepare to depart at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Oct. 8, 2020. The 77th FS deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia to provide strategic depth, resiliency and operational agility to our international allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Gutierrez)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. --

Airmen assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron and 77th Fighter Generation Squadron deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.

While deployed, the 77th “Gamblers” will generate combat airpower to increase regional stability and security.

“Our Team Shaw Airmen are going downrange to deliver dominant airpower and execute a mission of national, regional and global importance,” said Col. Lawrence T. Sullivan, 20th Fighter Wing commander. “This deployment is an example of our commitment to provide strategic depth, resiliency and operational agility to our international allies and partners in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.”

The 20th FW’s unrelenting preparedness has made the team continually stronger and more able to quickly adapt and respond to operations downrange.

“The Gamblers are ready to patrol the skies, deliver precision airstrikes and train alongside regional partners to maximize capabilities in regards to mutual security concerns,” said Lt. Col. David Bennett, 77th FS commander.

The Gambler's deployment is a small representation of the immense fighting force that calls Shaw home.

“I am proud of Weasel Nation’s teamwork and expertise getting our deployers out the door safely,” said Sullivan. “I am also grateful to the Gamblers and their families who are continuing to make sacrifices in support of our ongoing combat taskings.”

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