Fairchild Assisting In No-Fly Zone Operations Over Libya - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fairchild Assisting In No-Fly Zone Operations Over Libya

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - The 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings from Fairchild Air Force Base are assisting in efforts to maintain a no-fly zone over Libya.

Five KC-135 Stratotankers and crews departed on Saturday from Moses Lake and Spokane International airport to assist with Operation Odyssey Dawn and one is scheduled to leave tomorrow morning from Spokane International Airport.

KC-135 Stratotankers provide the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S.  Air Force.  The tanker enhances the Air Force's ability to accomplish its primary missions of Global Reach and Global Power.  For the last 50 years, the KC-135 has enabled air superiority and dominance by U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine and Coalition fighter and bomber aircraft around the world.

Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command Task Force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces. JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III.

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