Seven Airmen of the Delaware Air Guard's 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron return home this morning after four months' active duty at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

Release Number: 040513

Seven Airmen of the Delaware Air National Guard's 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron came home this morning after a four month deployment to Joint Base Andrews, Md., where they served as part of the medical evacuation system that brings home America's wounded servicemen and women from the battlefields of Southwest Asia for hospitalization back in the U.S.

The seven Airmen began their mission in mid-January, and are the final group to return home out of two dozen fellow Airmen from the 142nd AES who left the New Castle ANG Base starting in late December for missions to Germany, to Southwest Asia to include Afghanistan, and to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Their job was to integrate into the U.S. military's worldwide patient movement system that brings home America's warfighters from combat zones, especially Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and any other contingency operations that occur.

166th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Mike Feeley said, "These seven Airmen served as an integral part of the worldwide system that takes care of America's wounded troops. The skilled nurses and medical technicians coming home today ensured the best care was provided to those who served in combat zones."

The 142nd AES is comprised of about 75 Airmen, and their members began serving in Afghanistan in October, 2001. Many unit members have served on multiple deployments in and around Afghanistan and Iraq over the past twelve years.

The Delaware ANG has 1,100 members, and continually deploys personnel and subordinate units around the globe. This release is in the public domain, and any part may be used as written.

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