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Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

EC-130E Commando Solo I

“Never Seen Always Heard”

 
 
EC-130E Commando Solo I Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
1. EC-130E Commando Solo I Marker
Inscription. The EC-130 Commando Solo II provided worldwide airborne radio and television broadcast capability supporting psychological operations around the world during the period 1991-2006. It evolved from earlier C-130 variants known as Valiant Solo and Commando Solo I, which flew from 1979 to 1991, and from the EC-121 broadcast platform known as Coronet Solo which flew from 1968 to 1977. In 2006, the Commando Solo II aircraft displayed here was replaced by Commando Solo III, an upgraded broadcast system based on the EC-130J. These aircraft were all flown, maintained and supported by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 193rd Special Operations Wing located at the Harrisburg International Airport. The 193rd has been the only unit in the entire U.S. Department of Defense to conduct this airborne psychological operations mission. The EC-130 Commando Solo was used during Operations Urgent Fury, Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Sea Signal, Uphold Democracy, Joint Guard, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Secure Democracy as well as other classified operations. Aircraft 63-7773 accumulated nearly 12,000 flying hours during its service with the 193rd Special Operations Wing including nearly 2,700 combat flying hours. This aircraft also participated in an unprecedented 308 consecutive combat sortie launches during
EC-130E "Commando Solo" and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. EC-130E "Commando Solo" and Marker
a six month period in Operation Enduring Freedom, a telling example of the professional skills of those who flew an maintained these aircraft. This memorial is dedicated to the courage, sacrifice and traditions of service to state and nation of the men and women of the 193rd Special Operations Wing defending freedom and liberty throughout the world.
 
Erected 2007.
 
Location. 40° 25.921′ N, 76° 34.123′ W. Marker is in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Clement Aveune, on the right when traveling east on Fisher Avenue. Click for map. Located on the Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Facility. Marker is in this post office area: Annville PA 17003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. EC-130E "Commando Solo" (a few steps from this marker); Fallen Warrior Memorial - 2nd BCT (within shouting distance of this marker); M1/IPM1 Abrams Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); M113A2 APC (within shouting distance of this marker); M60A3 Patton Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); M46 Patton Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); M4A3 Sherman Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Armored Division (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryWar, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, 2nd IraqWar, Afghanistan
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,907 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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