Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base
|Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base|
قاعدة احمد الجابر الجوية
|IATA: XIJ – ICAO: OKAJ|
|Operator||Kuwait Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||407 ft / 124 m|
|Coordinates||28°56′05.7″N 47°47′31.1″E / 28.934917°N 47.791972°E|
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The base also has an area designated for operations by the U.S. Air Force and its allies.
Sitting 75 miles south of the Iraqi border, the base has supported active duty United States Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter units, along with support individuals, rotated in and out. At Al Jaber AB, the 332 ELS Commander and 10 personnel were on one-year tours; all others (1190 personnel) rotated every 90 to 120 days.
On 1 December 1998, the 4406th Operations Group (Provisional) at Al Jaber Air Base inactivated and the 332nd Air Expeditionary Group activated.
According to USA Today on 22 October 2003 the US Ambassador to Kuwait, Richard Jones, announced that the United States was reducing its presence at Al Jaber with the intent of fully reducing its forces at that location. USAF assets remaining in Kuwait are primarily stationed at Ali Al Salem Air Base.
The U.S. side of the base was re-opened during 2014 sometime before October.
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