Four members of Delaware Air Guard heading home after six months' duty in Southwest Asia

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Four Airmen of the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard who have finished a six month mission to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the recently completed Operation New Dawn will return home to Delaware via Baltimore-Washington International Airport early this Wednesday morning Feb. 8, sometime just after midnight tonight, Feb. 7.

NOTE: this release has been updated twice on Feb. 7, 2012 to reflect two changes in the arrival time, after the initial release the evening of Feb. 6.

A team of fellow unit members will greet them at the airport and drive them to their home base at the New Castle Air National Guard Base for out-processing and their return home to their families and loved ones.

The four Airmen, each from the 166th Services Sustainment Flight of the Delaware Air Guard, spent six months overseas in Kuwait at the 386th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron. Two other Airmen from the same unit returned home earlier after a six-month and three-month deployment to the same location.

The Airmen worked in three areas; rations, the base dining facility, and the base fitness center.

The Airmen are comprised of two residents of Dover, Del. (zip code 19901 and 19904), one resident of Middletown, Del., (zip code 19709), and one resident of Wilmington, Del. (zip code 19802).

The previous two Airmen in this group of six fellow unit members came home earlier, one in Jan. 2012, one in 2011, and are residents of Bear, Del (zip code 19701) and the Bronx, N.Y.

"Small groups of Airmen are sometimes overlooked when they leave home, or when they return home, but their dedicated service is every bit as respected and necessary to keep the Air Force warfighters functioning in deployed environments, said Col. Jonathan Groff, commander, 166th Airlift Wing. "When American forces go overseas, they must be fed, supplied with various products for health and well-being, and they must keep fit. These six members of our 166th Services Sustainment Flight kept those services and support programs going for thousands of troops. We could not go to war for long without their essential service."

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Note to editors: Photos will be available on this web site later this week. In addition, this release and follow-up photos from the return at BWI will be posted on our unit Facebook page,

Media contact:

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin J. Matwey

Public Affairs Specialist

166th Airlift Wing

Delaware Air National Guard

Mobile 302-593-2126