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​A US C-17, assigned to the 21st Airlift Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif., is loaded at McEntire JNGB, S.C., Oct. 7, 2016, in preparation for a deployment to Iraq. Air National Guard photo by A1C Megan Floyd.

​More than a dozen airmen from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron at McEntire JNGB, S.C., deployed to Iraq on Oct. 9. The South Carolina controllers are deploying for six months in conjunction with the Mississippi Air National Guard’s 248th ATCS in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to a 169th Fighter Wing release. The approximately 30 airmen will provide precision approach capabilities and air navigation systems so aircraft can navigate and land in bad weather. Lt. Col. Craig Hummel, commander of the 245th ATCS, said the squadron hasn’t been tasked with performing the mission outside of the continental United States in many years, and that it’s “good to know the atrophy hasn't set in and these people are raring to go," according to the release.