Salutes & Awards

April 18, 2013

D-M welcomes home deployed Airmen

Tags:
Photos and story by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Welcomehome1
Family and friends wait to greet A-10 pilots and aircrew.

More than 300 pilots and aircrew from the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Maintenance Group here returned this week after a six-month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

While in Afghanistan, the aircraft flew over 10,000 combat hours in order to complete their mission of providing close-air support for troops on the ground.

Although the Airmen had a mission overseas, their families had a mission here; to run their households and families without physical help and support from their spouses.

“It’s been hard for Evan to adjust,” said Laurelle Candland, wife of deployed Airman Staff Sgt. Jacob Candland. “The first time his father left, Evan was only nine-months-old. With him being 3-years-old, it affects him more.”

Although families were split by thousands of miles, they still had some communication ability.

“This isn’t our first deployment,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Walls, a pilot who returned home yesterday with the 354th FS. “Over time, support has gotten easier with the internet and Skype, but it just isn’t the same as being home.”

Lt. Col. Daniel Walls, 354th Fighter Squadron pilot, hugs his wife for the first time in six-months.

Every family was glad to have their loved ones home safe.

“This week has been an amazing success as we welcomed home many of our Airmen who’ve been overseas in harm’s way for the past six months,” said Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander. “Our operations and maintenance professionals did a phenomenal job generating and executing more than 10,000 combat flying hours, meeting ground commanders’ intent, and saving lives over and over again. I cannot be more thankful for their success and safe return.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

SAPR: More than just an Air Force acronym

As an Airman and a senior leader in the Air Force Reserve, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impacts of sexual assault on an Air Force organization. Regardless of your unit or military status, Active or Reserve, no one is immune to these impacts nor absolved of their responsibility to combat the instances of sexual assault...
 
 

ACC, PACAF commanders confirmed

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle will be the next commander of Air Combat Command and ACC Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Lori Robinson will be the next commander of Pacific Air Forces, according to a Senate confirmation vote July 23. Headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, ACC leads America’s Combat Air...
 
 
Flooding_pict

Flooding still underway this year, avoid water runoff problems

While rain in a desert climate is usually welcome, too much of a good thing can a problem for travelers, especially newcomers who may not be familiar with how quickly driving and other travel conditions can change. “There hav...
 

 

Cyber Airmen create virtual help desk

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Enterprise Service Desk is going virtual, and Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland will be the first to see it as it rolls out across the Air Force, starting the end of August. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has challenged...
 
 

AFSOUTH strengthens space ties with partner nations

Three officers from the Dominican Republic, Peruvian and Brazilian militaries partnered with active-duty and guard Airmen at Davis-Monthan for a rare opportunity to work collectively on the space component of PANAMAX 2014, Aug. 8-15. For a third year, partner nation participants took part in the space element of PANAMAX, an annual U.S. Southern Command sponsored...
 
 

The Judge Advocate General’s Corps announces law school programs

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — Officers interested in continuing to serve the Air Force as a judge advocate are able to apply to the Funded Legal Education Program, or FLEP, and the Excess Leave Program, ELP. Officers selected for FLEP have the opportunity to attend law school at the Air Force’s expense while...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin