USAFE provided an aeromedical evacuation capability that moved Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) patients out of CENTCOM, and transported patients all over Europe. They also flew sorties in support of OIF. USAFE has been in the front lines of the Global War on Terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001. USAFE deployed 24 fighter aircraft, eight KC-135 tankers and more than 3,000 people in OIF. It opened an important airfield in northern Iraq and provided critical en route support to deploying forces, not to mention vital logistical and medical support to forward-deployed forces.
USAFE also hosted an average of 300 ANG and more than 1,000 active-duty personnel to the USEUCOM's AOR in 2006.