Members of the 188th Fighter Wing left Fort Smith to help assist the 175th out of Baltimore during its portion of the rotation.
"It's never easy for families to watch as their loved ones deploy into a combat zone," said Col. Tom Anderson, 188th Fighter Wing commander said in a new release. "We appreciate the sacrifice and dedication that our Airmen make and also the sacrifices made by those loved ones left behind. We're confident they will make their wing, families and communities proud. We anxiously await their safe return."
More 188th Airmen will deploy later this summer when the 188th's official portion of the AEF rotation will begin. In total during this AEF rotation, the 188th will deploy approximately 400 Airmen to Afghanistan. They will return this fall.