Members of an Iowa Air National Guard unit will get the chance to put their training to the test in an overseas trouble spot. The Des Moines-based132nd Fighter Wing is being sent to Iraq in a few months, sometime this summer. Some 200 Iowa Guard members will be assigned to the northern no-flyzone where attacks on Iraqi air & ground forces have come almost daily. The guardsmen include maintenance crews & combat pilots who’ll be flying F-16 fighter jets. They’ll be based in Turkey & will be joined by British warplanes. One Iowa commander says there’s concern but that ‘each person knows they have a job to do.’ This’ll be the wing’s third mission over Iraqi skies. The 185th Fighter Wing, based in Sioux City, has also flown patrols in the Persian Gulf.
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