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166th AW Airmen return home safely

Families of Delaware Air National Guardsman watch as Airmen arrive home from deployment at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. Over seventy percent of the Delaware ANG are part-time, traditional Guardsmen and deployed for their first time. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

Families of Delaware Air National Guardsman watch as Airmen arrive home from deployment at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. Over seventy percent of the Delaware ANG are part-time, traditional Guardsmen and deployed for their first time. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

166th Airlift Wing leadership greet incoming Airmen at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. Often, leadership often show their support for returning Airmen by attending homecoming events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

166th Airlift Wing leadership greet incoming Airmen at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. Leadership often show their support for returning Airmen by attending homecoming events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

A C-130H arrives at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. Deployments offer an active-duty experience to traditional ANG members, as many ANG members serve one weekend per month and two weeks out of the year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

A C-130H arrives at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. Deployments offer an active-duty experience to traditional ANG members, as many ANG members serve one weekend per month and two weeks out of the year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

Family members of 166th Airlift Wing Airmen hold up signs to greet their loved ones at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. USCENTCOM is a warfighting Combatant Command which directs and enables military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

Family members of 166th Airlift Wing Airmen hold up signs to greet their loved ones at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. USCENTCOM is a warfighting Combatant Command which directs and enables military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

A family member of a 166th Airlift Wing Airmen salutes an incoming C-130H aircraft at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. Airmen returned home after being deployed for nearly three months to Southwest Asia in support of United States Central Command. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

A family member of a 166th Airlift Wing Airmen salutes an incoming C-130H aircraft at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Nov. 9, 2018. Airmen returned home after being deployed for nearly three months to Southwest Asia in support of United States Central Command. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

NEW CASTLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Del. --

Airmen assigned to the 166th Airlift Wing returned home on C-130H aircraft after being deployed for nearly three months to Southwest Asia in support of United States Central Command, Nov. 5, 7, 9 and 10, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del.

USCENTCOM is a warfighting Combatant Command which directs and enables military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests.

For many 166th AW Airmen, this was their first deployment.

“It was everything I was expecting,” said Tech. Sgt. Briana Walker, 166th Maintenance Squadron scheduling and documentation. “Both good and bad, but I enjoyed it and I’m happy to be home.”

After a safe return to the home station, Airmen exited the C-130H with smiles as they were greeted by their families, friends and wingmen with open arms and teary eyes after three months of separation.

“We’re so excited to have him home,” said, Annie, mother of Senior Airman Andrew Valladares. “We’re having a big party with friends and family tonight to welcome him home.”