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About 20 total Airmen of the Delaware Air Guard return home from Southwest Asia aboard C-130 aircraft on May 9 and 13

Release Number: 030513

Five Airmen from the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron gather upon their return to the New Castle Air National Guard Base on May 8, 2013. The flight nurses and medical technicians from the Delaware Air Guard 166th Airlift Wing completed a four-month overseas mission that began over the holidays. They left Delaware in late December and started operations in Southwest Asia on New Year’s Day in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, providing medical care in the air to America’s wounded combat troops on their way home for further treatment. Additional Airmen from the 142nd AES are still serving in SWA. L to R: Staff Sgt. Michael McBride, Senior Airman Elizabeth Schirling, 1st Lt. Sean Kelley, Senior Airman Samantha Power and Capt. Anne Cloud. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)

Five Airmen from the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron gather upon their return to the New Castle Air National Guard Base on May 8, 2013. The flight nurses and medical technicians from the Delaware Air Guard 166th Airlift Wing completed a four-month overseas mission that began over the holidays. They left Delaware in late December and started operations in Southwest Asia on New Year’s Day in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, providing medical care in the air to America’s wounded combat troops on their way home for further treatment. Additional Airmen from the 142nd AES are still serving in SWA. L to R: Staff Sgt. Michael McBride, Senior Airman Elizabeth Schirling, 1st Lt. Sean Kelley, Senior Airman Samantha Power and Capt. Anne Cloud. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)

Half-a dozen Airmen of the Delaware Air National Guard return home on May 9, 2013, to the New Castle Air National Guard Base aboard a C-130 aircraft from the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas ANG with additional Airmen from the Texas unit. The Airmen completed deployments that began in late February to the Southwest Asia combat zone where they served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A dozen more Delaware ANG Airmen are scheduled to return home in a Delaware C-130 Monday, May 13. The returning Delaware Air Guard Airmen are from two groups in the 166th Airlift Wing; the 166th Operations Group, which includes all C-130 aircrew and other Airmen with various critical job functions, and the 166th Maintenance Group, which includes crews who maintain and repair the aircraft. The Airmen are part of a contingent of about 100 unit Airmen flying and fixing C-130 aircraft for up to 120 days under U.S. Air Force Central Command, and can operate anywhere in USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)

Half-a dozen Airmen of the Delaware Air National Guard return home on May 9, 2013, to the New Castle Air National Guard Base aboard a C-130 aircraft from the 136th Airlift Wing, Texas ANG with additional Airmen from the Texas unit. The Airmen completed deployments that began in late February to the Southwest Asia combat zone where they served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A dozen more Delaware ANG Airmen are scheduled to return home in a Delaware C-130 Monday, May 13. The returning Delaware Air Guard Airmen are from two groups in the 166th Airlift Wing; the 166th Operations Group, which includes all C-130 aircrew and other Airmen with various critical job functions, and the 166th Maintenance Group, which includes crews who maintain and repair the aircraft. The Airmen are part of a contingent of about 100 unit Airmen flying and fixing C-130 aircraft for up to 120 days under U.S. Air Force Central Command, and can operate anywhere in USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)

Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Kilcullen, mission commander of the 142nd Airlift Squadron, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, near the flightline at the New Castle ANG Base, Del. on May 9, 2013 upon his return home with half-a-dozen fellow unit Airmen who served in the Southwest Asia combat zone in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They came home aboard a C-130 aircraft from the 136th AW, Texas ANG, in view over his left shoulder. Airmen from both wings travelled home after completing deployments that began in late February. A dozen more Delaware ANG Airmen are scheduled to return home in a Delaware C-130 Monday, May 13. The returning Delaware Air Guard Airmen are from two groups in the 166th Airlift Wing; the 166th Operations Group, which includes all C-130 aircrew and other Airmen with various critical job functions, and the 166th Maintenance Group, which includes crews who maintain and repair the aircraft. The Airmen are part of a contingent of about 100 unit Airmen flying and fixing C-130 aircraft for up to 120 days under U.S. Air Force Central Command, and can operate anywhere in USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)

Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Kilcullen, mission commander of the 142nd Airlift Squadron, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, near the flightline at the New Castle ANG Base, Del. on May 9, 2013 upon his return home with half-a-dozen fellow unit Airmen who served in the Southwest Asia combat zone in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They came home aboard a C-130 aircraft from the 136th AW, Texas ANG, in view over his left shoulder. Airmen from both wings travelled home after completing deployments that began in late February. A dozen more Delaware ANG Airmen are scheduled to return home in a Delaware C-130 Monday, May 13. The returning Delaware Air Guard Airmen are from two groups in the 166th Airlift Wing; the 166th Operations Group, which includes all C-130 aircrew and other Airmen with various critical job functions, and the 166th Maintenance Group, which includes crews who maintain and repair the aircraft. The Airmen are part of a contingent of about 100 unit Airmen flying and fixing C-130 aircraft for up to 120 days under U.S. Air Force Central Command, and can operate anywhere in USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Garcia-Diaz, left, and Maj. Mark Baxa, each from the 181st Airlift Squadron, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard, talk near the flightline at the New Castle ANG base on May 9, 2013, upon their return home aboard a C-130 aircraft from the 136th AW. The Airmen travelled home with additional Airmen from their Texas unit and half-a-dozen Airmen from the Delaware ANG. They completed deployments that began in late February to the Southwest Asia combat zone where they served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A dozen more Delaware ANG Airmen are scheduled to return home in a Delaware C-130 Monday, May 13. The returning Delaware Air Guard Airmen are from two groups in the 166th Airlift Wing; the 166th Operations Group, which includes all C-130 aircrew and other Airmen with various critical job functions, and the 166th Maintenance Group, which includes crews who maintain and repair the aircraft. The Airmen are part of a contingent of about 100 unit Airmen flying and fixing C-130 aircraft for up to 120 days under U.S. Air Force Central Command, and can operate anywhere in USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Garcia-Diaz, left, and Maj. Mark Baxa, each from the 181st Airlift Squadron, 136th Airlift Wing, Texas Air National Guard, talk near the flightline at the New Castle ANG base on May 9, 2013, upon their return home aboard a C-130 aircraft from the 136th AW. The Airmen travelled home with additional Airmen from their Texas unit and half-a-dozen Airmen from the Delaware ANG. They completed deployments that began in late February to the Southwest Asia combat zone where they served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A dozen more Delaware ANG Airmen are scheduled to return home in a Delaware C-130 Monday, May 13. The returning Delaware Air Guard Airmen are from two groups in the 166th Airlift Wing; the 166th Operations Group, which includes all C-130 aircrew and other Airmen with various critical job functions, and the 166th Maintenance Group, which includes crews who maintain and repair the aircraft. The Airmen are part of a contingent of about 100 unit Airmen flying and fixing C-130 aircraft for up to 120 days under U.S. Air Force Central Command, and can operate anywhere in USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey)


Nearly 20 Airmen of the Delaware Air National Guard return home over the next several days aboard C-130 aircraft after completing deployments that began in late February to the Southwest Asia combat zone where they served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

About half-a-dozen Airmen returned home today, May 9, travelling aboard a Texas ANG C-130 aircraft with Airmen from the Texas Air Guard. A dozen more Delaware ANG Airmen return home in a Delaware C-130 Monday, May 13.

The returning Delaware Air Guard Airmen are from two groups in the 166th Airlift Wing; the 166th Operations Group, which includes all C-130 aircrew and other Airmen with various critical job functions, and the 166th Maintenance Group, which includes crews who maintain and repair the aircraft. The Airmen are part of a contingent of about 100 unit Airmen serving up to 120 days under U.S. Air Force Central Command, and can operate anywhere in USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility.

Media are invited to the Monday May 13 homecoming, but must arrive on base no later than 11:30 a.m. and no earlier than 10:00 a.m. Media must call ahead to confirm attendance. Address: 2600 Spruance Drive, New Castle, DE 19720. Enter the base from Commons Boulevard and follow the signs for "Delaware Air National Guard."

Another small homecoming occurred earlier this week when five unit Airmen from the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron returned via commercial contract aircraft on May 8. They completed a mission lasting four months that began over the holidays. They left Delaware in late December, and began operations in Southwest Asia on New Year's Day to provide medical care in the air to America's wounded combat troops on their way home for further treatment.

Referring to the homecomings of May 8, 9 and 13, 166th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Mike Feeley said, "We welcome our two dozen Airmen home, and are especially happy to have some of them home safe for Mother's Day."

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.

Delaware Air National Guard: Celebrating 67 years of Citizen-Airman service to our state and nation, 1946-2013

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