DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – — The last 24 of 48 total rescue personnel deployed from the 79th Rescue Squadron at D-M returned home at 3:40 p.m., Oct. 14.
Airmen were greeted by family, friends and base leadership. Photos are attached and a video link is included below.
A total of 1,200 Airmen from across D-M have been deployed around the world including the 79th Rescue Squadron, which deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. This is the largest deployment at D-M since WWII. Normally, the base has approximately 500 Airmen deployed at any time throughout the year; since early this year D-M has had more than double that amount deployed at one time.
“We were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, providing 24-hour personnel recovery, seven days a week, in the Middle East assigned to the Personnel Recovery Task Force. This included Guardian Angel Teams with the HH-60 and we provided the HC-130 support,” said Lt Col Jim Brunner, 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron Commander.
These deployments highlight the importance of Davis-Monthan and its units to America’s national security.