Following the events of 11 September 2001, elements of the 81st Fighter Squadron (81st FS) “Panthers” deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in June 2003, September 2004, May 2006, and January 2008 to provide close air support to coalition ground forces supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. During these deployments the Panthers performed an intensive regimen of combat patrols to find, fix and destroy elusive, guerrilla-type enemy combatants in support of ground forces.

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