Over 130 Airmen returned home and 14 Airmen will be deploying to Southwest Asia

Release Number: 010416

Approximately 130 returning Airmen and 14 departing Airmen of the Delaware Air National Guard will be recognized at a Welcome Home and Departing ceremony on April 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

The 130 Airmen returned home from Southwest Asia in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. They are returning from up to a 120 day rotation in Southwest Asia. Four of our eight C-130H aircraft returned back from Southwest Asia as well.

The 14 Aeromedical Airmen are deploying to various overseas and stateside
locations.

There are more than 150 Airmen still deployed and will be returning over the
next six months. This year had one of the largest deployments of over 320
Airmen in Delaware history.

Their mission included flying cargo and troops throughout Iraq, Afghanistan
and Southwest Asia.

Media are invited to attend the Welcome Home and Departure ceremony.
Schedule of events:
Sunday, April 10, 2016,
Media arrives: 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Ceremony start time: 2:00 p.m.

Airmen and media are expected to be in place no later than 1:45 p.m.

Distinguished visitors and families were invited to attend.

This release is in the public domain, and any part may be used as written.

The 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, has more than 1,100 men
and women at the New Castle ANG Base in New Castle, Del. The 166th provides
tactical airlift and airdrop of troops and cargo using C-130H2 aircraft,
plus aeromedical evacuation, civil engineer and network warfare functions.

Delaware Air National Guard: Celebrating 69 years of service to our state
and nation, 1946-2015

Further questions can be directed to 1Lt Valerie Harwood, Chief, Public
Affairs, 166 Airlift Wing, 302-387-2733 or valerie.k.harwood.mil@mail.mil