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Air National Guard units also contributed 111 C-130 aircraft, and more than 3,000 ANG security forces personnel supported the mission. At General Weaver’s direction, 88 ANG flying units established 24-hour command posts during that period. Physical security was increased at all Air Guard units to protect them against potential terrorist attacks. S. air defense network expanded to nearly 300 aircraft on alert at 26 locations within 18 hours of the terrorist attacks and First Air Force maintained 16separatecontinuousfighterorbitsfor three days.
Air National Guard aircraft from Louisiana’s 122nd During the first 24 hours of the crisis, 34 Air Guard fighter units flew 179 missions. S. population centers, and General Ralph E. Eberhart, NORAD’s commander in chief, quickly approved those suggestions. S. on September 11th, First Air Force also had to field irate Fighter Squadron, Iowa’s 174th Fighter Squadron, and the District of Columbia’s 121st Fighter Squadron joined the Texans at various times protecting Air Force One until its return to Andrews Air Force Base.
ForceSouthwestAsiawasestablishedby the United States Central Command. S. S. S. Army as well as Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, and later Kuwait enforced the southern no-fly zone. Coalition members contributed fighter patrols against potential targets, reconnaissance, suppression of enemy air defenses, air refueling, and special operations missions. Portions of Air National Guard A-10 units from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut deployed to Kuwait to form a “rainbow” unit primarily to conduct combatsearchandrescuesupportforany downed airmen and to attack Iraqi tanks if needed.