F15E Strike Eagles of the 389th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron "Thunderbolts" provide Combat Air Support during operations in the lush Kunar Valley in Afghanistan.
"SHAKE AND BAKE" FROM BAGRAM
by Ronald Wong
Overall Print Size: 28" x 20¼"
Edition Size: 500
Commissioned by the squadron, Ronald Wong’s dynamic "'SHAKE AND BAKE' FROM BAGRAM" depicts F15E Strike Eagles of the 389th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron "Thunderbolts" provide Combat Air Support during operations in the lush Kunar Valley in Afghanistan. Below the image of the print is printed the following:
"The 389th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron “Thunderbolts” attack an enemy fighting position with a GBU-31 2,000 pound bomb and two GBU-38 500 pound bombs in the Pech River Valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. This delivery, commonly known as the “Shake and Bake,” was popular with both Special Operations Forces and Conventional Forces in targeting Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. The Thunderbolts deployed to Bagram Airfield from March to September 2011 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The squadron flew a record 13,868 hours in support of 3,985 Close Air Support taskings for over 3,131 sorties, including rapid response to 844 Troops in Contact situations and 394 Air on Demand missions. They performed 501 Shows of Force to deter enemy action and 96 Shows of Presence to support friendly forces. The Thunderbolts delivered 728 Precision Guided Munitions and 9,032 20-millimeter cannon rounds resulting in initial Battle Damage Assessment and intelligence reporting confirming 233 Enemy Killed in Action. Due to their professionalism and lethality, the Thunderbolts became the most requested Close Air Support fighter Squadron by friendly forces and the most feared by enemy forces."
To the left of the text are the beautiful images of the United States Air Force emblem of the 389th Fighter Squadron. To the right of the text are the beautiful images and 389th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.
Each "'SHAKE AND BAKE' FROM BAGRAM" print has been individually signed and numbered in pencil by the extraordinary artist Ronald Wong. Mr. Wong is well known for his beautiful and historically accurate depictions of modern US Air Force and Royal Air Force squadrons and wings.