TERRE HAUTE -- A Center Point man is among the National Guard force headed for Turkey.
Indiana Air National Guard's 181st Fighter Wing, located at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field, plans to soon deploy about 200 of its members to Turkey in support of the U.S. Air Force's Aerospace Expeditionary Force 8.
The goal of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force is to improve the Air Force's ability to rapidly deploy light, lean and lethal elements of aerospace forces anywhere on the globe, while providing an element of predictability and stability for all airmen.
The Air Force has assigned people and equipment from active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units into 10 Aerospace Expeditionary Forces, two crisis-response expeditionary wings and five lead mobility wings that rotate in and out of designated regions.
"This concept ensures a ready, capable Air Force that can deploy and respond to areas across the spectrum of conflict, worldwide," said Col. Gary Peters, 181st Fighter Wing Commander.
181st Fighter Wing members have trained for this deployment since completing a similar 90-day mission to Turkey last March.
"The 181st Fighter Wing is prepared for any action required of our unit and our people. We are a ready, relevant and reliable force, always ready to serve and defend our national interests," Peters said.
Lt. Col. Kip Clark, of Center Point, is a member of the 181st Fighter Wing who will be among those deployed to Turkey. Clark is the husband of Sheila Clark and the son of Larry and Janice Clark, all of Center Point.
Editor's note: Due to the fluid nature of military operations, the actual date and time of the deployment will not be announced until the plan becomes firm.