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15 Airmen Welcomed Home After 6 Months In Iraq

Friends and family of the 15 airmen were invited to attend the demobilization ceremony this morning.

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 3:10 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 1:19 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.--The 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron returned to their home base, Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Klamath Falls.

During their deployment, they provided radar approach and finals control at the busiest airfield in Iraq--Al Asad Air Base. 

All 14 men and 1 woman volunteered for this mission.

"It was what we are trained to do so it's nice to finally be able to take all the exercises and training and finally see it get put in play and find out what were doing wrong, things we could do better. It was a nice relief, I was glad to go," says Sgt. Brock Perry.

But the airmen saw some rough conditions during their 6 months of deployment.

They stayed mostly in tents and experienced temperatures up to 125 degrees and the airspace was expanding while they were there.

The Oregon State Treasurer was there to give the airmen a warm welcome.

"I will say the transition back to civilian life can be difficult. As you acclimate to life at home, I encourage you to walk with your heads held high and savor this moment you've earned with your family and friends," says Tobias Read, state treasurer. 

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