The Al Udeid Air Base is a military base located west of Doha Qatar and is owned by the Qatar Emiri Air Force. It is home to the headquarters of United States Central Command (USCC) and United State Air Force Central Command (USAFCC). The Al Udeid Air Base Qatar is also a home to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF and to the No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF. When the war against Afghanistan was at its peak, there were around 4000 American soldiers who were stationed at this base. Along with the American soldiers were two dozens of KC-10A Extenders and KC-135 Stratotankers which were used for the re-fuelling of bombers and fighter jets over Afghanistan. By September of 2002, the number of American soldiers in the airbase went down to approximately 2000 in number. After six months, the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar underwent expansion so that it can accommodate up to 120 aircraft and 10,000 troops.
In 2003, the residents of this airbase increased when the two P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, fourteen RAAF F/A-18 Hornet fighters from the 75SQN, and three C-130 Hercules transport aircraft based there. Initially, the task of the Hornet is to protect and escort the coalitions and give early warnings to the tanker aircraft and AWACS aircraft. With this task, they only flew for about five to six hours a day. However, when the war against Iraq broke, the Hornets, armed with laser-guided bombs, were used to attack the Iraqi ground forces. On the other hand, the Orions usually had 12-hour missions during nighttime at the Persian Gulf. Finally, the Hercules transports were tasked to transport equipment and supplies to Iraq. They were also assigned to bring humanitarian aid to Baghdad.
USAF Prepositioned War Reserve Material (WRM)
The USAF Prepositioned War Reserve Material at Al Udeid Air and Army Base in Qatar provides several supports for the personnel like base systems, munitions, vehicles, aerospace ground equipment, associated spares and consumables, medicals, fuel mobility support equipment, rations, air base operability equipment, and many others. The WRM is also responsible for asset receipt, serviceability, security, maintenance, out load, accountability, storage, periodic inspection and test, repair, and reconstitution of prepositioned WRM facilities. The United States Central Command Air Forces (USCENTAF) uses the prepositioned war reserve material (WRM) to support the combat forces deployed in Southwest Asia. The war reserve materials include warehousing of rations, medical and munitions, and other supplies.