317th AW, 39th AS Airmen return home

317th AW, 39th AS Airmen return home

A young boy waves an American flag on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 19, 2018. Many family members were reunited with their loved ones after more than 100 Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing returned from the Horn of Africa after a four-month deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman River Bruce)

317th AW, 39th AS Airmen return home

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules taxis down the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 19, 2018. This C-130 carried more than 50 Airmen returning from the Horn of Africa to their families. The Airmen, assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing supported contingency operations in Africa and Europe while deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman River Bruce)

317th AW, 39th AS Airmen return home

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules taxis down the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 19, 2018. The C-130 was transported Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing from the Horn of Africa to their families after a four-month deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman River Bruce)

317th AW, 39th AS Airmen return home

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Peregil, 317th Airlift Wing aircraft loadmaster, greets friends and co-workers on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 19, 2018. Peregil was one of more than 100 Airmen assigned to the 317th that returned from a four-month deployment in the Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman River Bruce)

317th AW, 39th AS Airmen return home

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt.Thomas Brawders, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, reunites with his family upon return from deployment, Jan. 19, 2018, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. After his four month deployment, Brawders was greeted on the flight line by his wife Laura, and their children William and Elizabeth. The 317th Airlift Wing deployed over 100 Airman to the Horn of Africa for those four months in support of contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Guerrero)

317th AW, 39th AS Airmen return home

U.S. Air Force Captain Taylor Swope, 39th Airlift Squadron tactics officer, kisses his son on the cheek after arriving back from overseas at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 19, 2018. The 39th AS deployed with the 317th Airlift Wing to Africa and Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

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Approximately 100 Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing and 39th Airlift Squadron arrived back home on two C-130J Super Hercules’, Jan. 19, after completing a four-month deployment with the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa supporting Operation Enduring Freedom operations.

The unit flew more than 1,500 hours from Germany and Africa, providing combat-delivery aid for CJTF-HOA to support aligned regional efforts, ensure regional access and freedom of movement and protect the U.S. interests.

“Our brave men and women set new records for the amount of hours flown, cargo and personnel movements as well as rescue missions,” said Lt. Col. Mark Yarian, 39th AS commander.

Not only can deployments be hard for the Airmen deployed, but it can also be challenging for the spouses and families who are left at home without them.

“Our spouse support here has been incredible. I never really felt alone because I could always call somebody,” said Shelly Swope, wife of Capt. Taylor Swope, 39th AS tactics officer. “It’s so great to have him home again!”

After spending time apart and missing the holidays, Airmen and families from the 317th AW and 39th AS were finally reunited.

“These deployments have not become routine, each one is unique and is just as dangerous as the last one,” Yarian said. “Today is a great day because 100 percent of our men and women who were in harm’s way have returnerd home safely without one major incident. It’s a very proud moment, not only for the 39th AS but for the 317th AW, to celebrate this day with them and their family.”