Call to Duty ceremony on June 22 for about 50 deploying Airmen of the Delaware Air Guard

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About 50 members of two units of the Delaware Air National Guard will be recognized at a "Call to Duty" ceremony on Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m., at 166th Airlift Wing Headquarters, 2600 Spruance Drive, New Castle, Del.

About 30 Airmen of the 166th Civil Engineer Squadron will depart on various dates in July to serve for six months at the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron in Southwest Asia, and return home in January, 2015. They will perform skilled trades work at numerous facilities to support contingency operations. Squadron members previously deployed to the same location from 2009-1010.

In addition, about 20 Airmen of the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) will depart in September and October to serve for four months overseas and stateside and return home in January and February, 2015. They will serve at three overseas locations; Afghanistan, Germany and at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The two U.S. locations will be Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and Kelly AFB, San Antonio. The 142nd AES nurses, medical technicians and ground support personnel will operate throughout the aeromedical evacuation system in Southwest Asia, Europe and here in the United States to bring home America's wounded troops aboard various aircraft and fulfill the unit's motto to provide "The Best Care in the Air."

All of the Airmen will be conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"This Call to Duty ceremony is a reminder to our members, their families and the larger community we serve that we are still sending trained people to perform their military duty, sometimes in harm's way, as America continues to conduct combat operations in and around Afghanistan," said Air Force Col. Mike Feeley, commander, 166th Airlift Wing. "I am extremely proud of their service and dedication to their mission, whether they apply their skills at maintaining infrastructure or taking care of those injured in combat operations."

High-resolution photos of the ceremony will be available for download after the June 22 ceremony on, the public website of the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard.

Members of the press, as well as invited elected officials and other invited guests may attend. This release is in the public domain, and any part may be used as written.

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