Monday night marked a special moment for 13 West Virginia Air National Guard airmen, who were able to come home from overseas. The group, from the 130th Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron (SFS), landed at Yeager Airport and reunited with their loved ones.
The 130th SFS defenders were deployed for six months to Southwest Asia. The Airmen provided force protection and installation security at their deployed location while supporting current U.S. operations, according to Capt. Holli Nelson, state public affairs officer for the West Virginia National Guard.
Their homecoming marks 35 West Virginia National Guard soldiers and airmen who have returned home within the last week, according to Capt. Nelson.
Last week, the 130th AW also welcomed home a service member who had served a six month deployment in Kuwait for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve as a public affairs specialist.
The West Virginia Army National Guard welcomed home 21 Soldiers on Oct. 10, from the 156th Military Police Law and Order Detachment, located in Holden, W.Va. The Soldiers served a nine month deployment to Afghanistan where they provided 24-hour operations at the two largest bases in country – Bagram and Kandahar Air Fields – and issued traffic citations, conducted patrols and investigations.
Currently, the West Virginia National Guard has more than 250 Soldiers and Airmen deployed to 15 countries around the world in support of U.S. national security objectives.