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Delaware National Guard Airmen welcomed home (photos)

After completing missions in Afghanistan, about 85 members of the Delaware Air National Guard were welcomed home Sunday by a crowd of friends and family. 

Members of the 166th Mission Support Group and the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squandron have returned to Delaware from serving as part of Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. Members of the 166th provided logistics, civil engineering and communications support, while the 142nd provided in-flight medical care.

Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala said the 142nd is among the most deployed units in the Air Force. “This is a momentous occasion and we couldn’t be happier to have them home safely,” Vavala said. “While these Airmen returned home over the past few months, this is a chance to formally recognize their service and officially welcome them home.”

The Delaware Air National Guard is made up of more than 1,100 men and women based at the New Castle ANG Base.

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