Air Force

July 20, 2012

March-based soldiers return from year-long deployment

Tags:
Story and photos by Sgt. Tracy Ellingsen
304th Sustainment Brigade

Sgt. Carlos Guzman holds his daughter Jessica, 2, outside Ontario International Airport shortly after returning from his deployment.

ONTARIO, Calif. — They waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, after a one-year deployment to the Middle East, soldiers from the 380th Transportation Detachment were reunited with loved ones and friends at Ontario International Airport on July 12.

The soldiers flew in from Fort Hood, Texas, where they had spent a week out processing and going through medical checks. Before arriving at Fort Hood, the unit had spent the last 11 months coordinating transportation for coalition forces in both Kuwait and Afghanistan.

“I’m nervous,” said Brandy Villacorta, as she waited for her husband Staff Sgt. Nelson Villacorta to come off the plane. “It feels like he has been gone forever.”

For the Villacortas, the first order of business was a good night sleep after a week of traveling. After that, Brandy had some plans for her recently-returned soldier.

“There’s always a honey-do list,” she said. “This place fell apart as soon as he left.”

The March Air Reserve Base headquartered unit will take the next few weeks to reunite with their families before beginning a series of seminars in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which links recently returned veterans with resources and programs to assist with the return to civilian life.

Spc. Vardon Reyes and his girlfriend Angelina Serna share a moment while waiting for Reyes’ luggage at Ontario International Airport.

Staff Sgt. Nelson Villacorta embraces his wife Brandy at Ontario International Airport.

Staff Sgt. Elias Zubia is greeted by his 4-year-old daughter Delilah in the living room of their home. Delilah stayed up past her bedtime in order to be able to welcome her daddy home and show him the card she had made.




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


 
 

 

AF expands digital library content for Airmen

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen at 19 Air Force installations around the world will soon have access to a new 200-title audiobook and eBook digital library, Air Force officials said. The 19 participating installations will help test digital content distribution using the new Air Force eReader AERO; a single portable device developed...
 
 

Air Force officials update AF Instruction 1-1

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials approved Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, Nov. 7, to clarify guidance on Airmen’s religious rights and commanders’ authority and responsibility to protect those rights. The changes come as a result of a Religious Freedom “Focus Day” earlier this year when leaders in the Air Force’s chaplain corps...
 
 

Air Force Aid Society grants, scholarships available

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for education grants and scholarships. The single online application opens the door to three education programs. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant – the centerpiece and gateway to all of the AFAS education programs. It offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 to dependent...
 

 

Eval changes continue with weighted factor adjustments

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — This January, changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) will continue with adjustments to the scoring model for promotions to technical sergeant and below, all designed to help ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion. The current WAPS enlisted performance report calculation model...
 
 

AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

WASHINGTON — Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) program Oct. 31. Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of Defense...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Michael Quiboloy

18th AF views March as model for Total Force Integration

U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Michael Quiboloy (Center)Lt. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander, 18th Air Force, speaks with a group of Airmen on the future of the air mobility enterprise and total force integration, durin...
 




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