Delaware Guard honors returning, departing members

(John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

(John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

130 members of the Delaware National Guard returned this weekend to a big welcome home ceremony while 14 were sent off to various deployments.

State leaders joined friends and family members at the New Castle Air National Guard Base to cheer the return of 130 Guard members who were serving in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Members of the group had spent as long as 120 days overseas. Four of the Guard’s eight C-130H planes returned from the region as well. Their mission included flying cargo and troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other surrounding countries.

During the same ceremony Sunday, 14 Aeromedical Airmen were sent off for various deployments both overseas and stateside. They will soon be among the more than 150 Delaware Airmen still deployed. This year has seen one of the largest deployments of Delaware National Guard members in state history, with more than 320 Airmen deployed.

More than 1,100 men and women make up the 166th Airlift Wing of the Delaware Air national Guard.

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