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Dyess Airmen return home

Dyess Airmen return home

A boy points to a C-130J Super Hercules as it is about land on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 18, 2018. Families and friends of the returning Airmen gather and wait to be reunited with their loved ones after being apart for over four months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

Dyess Airmen return home

Three U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules fly over a crowd at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 18, 2018. The aircraft held approximately 100 Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing as they returned home from a four month deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

Dyess Airmen return home

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Isaac Cathey, 40th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules pilot, smiles at his daughter on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 18, 2018. Cathey returned from a four month deployment in East Africa in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

Dyess Airmen return home

U.S. Air Force Airmen wave the American flag out of a C-130J Super Hercules after the aircraft lands at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 18, 2018. Approximately 100 Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing returned home from a four month deployment in East Africa in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and in Europe in support of Operation New Normal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Approximately 100 Airmen assigned to the 40th Airlift Squadron, the 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 317th Operational Support Squadron returned home from a four month deployment in East Africa in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and in Europe in support of Operation New Normal.

The units provided tactical airlift/airdrop capabilities and served as the sole fixed wing personnel recovery task force providing 24/7 on call personnel recovery and casualty evacuation for two commands.

“These Airmen set new records throughout these past four months,” said Lt. Col. Blair Allen, 40th AS commander. “However, what truly made their performance so special was their team effort. Every one played a huge role, from our newest maintainer to our most grizzled combat airlifter.”

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

“The spousal support from the squadron and other spouses has been fantastic, but I am so thankful that my husband is back,” said Lindsey Klinger, 40th AS spouse. “The whole family is relieved and extremely happy for him to be back home and safe with us.”

After spending much time apart, these Airmen were finally reunited with their loved ones.

“I am extremely proud of the work these Airmen accomplished while they were overseas and away from their families,” said Colonel Allen. “Their teamwork and dedication to supporting their mission is what really set these Airmen apart.”