Following early morning bombing missions, an F/A-18C Hornet from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-251 (VMFA-251), Beaufort, South Carolina, trails in the pre-contact position awaiting an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 319th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG). The 319th AEG deployed to a classified location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, providing aerial refueling support. In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W. Bush initiated Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), fighting terrorism abroad