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.”