The last EC-130H Compass Call aircraft assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed air base in Southwest Asia departed the base for good to operate elsewhere in the region, Aug. 29, 2010. This move is associated with the drawdown of US forces in Iraq and the changing nature of the US mission there. Compass Calls feature special electronic equipment to jam enemy communications, such as preventing the detonations of improvised explosive devices. Over a six-and-a-half year period, Compass Calls flew 23,000 combat hours from the undisclosed location. Here, maintainers and aircrew prepare the EC-130H for its final departure.
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