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Brig. Gen. Robert Steel, left, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing and Col. Phil Gibbons, commander of the 85th Group, roll the colors of the NAS Keflavik, Iceland-based 85th at its deactivation ceremony on Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Robert Steel, left, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing and Col. Phil Gibbons, commander of the 85th Group, roll the colors of the NAS Keflavik, Iceland-based 85th at its deactivation ceremony on Wednesday. (Matthew Bradley / Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

The Air Force’s command unit in charge of operations at Naval Air Station Keflavik in Iceland formally dissolved in a ceremony as part of the U.S. pullout from the northern base. The 85th Group, which oversaw the operation of the base’s HH-60 rescue helicopters and rotating groups of KC-135 tankers and F-15 fighter jets, cased its colors in a ceremony presided by Brig. Gen. Robert Steel from the RAF Lakenheath, England-based 48th Fighter Wing, the 85th Group’s former parent command, according to an Air Force release.

The military’s drawdown at the base is set to be complete by the end of September 2006.

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