Welcome Home

Airmen were greeted by family and friends Monday night at Bradley Air National Guard base after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Arriving by helicopter, 25 Airmen from the 103rd Security Forces Squadron returned to the Bradley Air National Guard base in East Granby Monday night and into the arms of their waiting family and friends. 

Members of the 103rd Security Forces Squadron departed Connecticut in July and were assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The airmen were greeted by family and friends with signs, U.S flags and balloons. Also greeting them were Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, the Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard.

The unit performed duties ranging from Improved Explosive Device (IED) screening of vehicles entering the installation to command and control for the Joint Defense Operations Center.  Additionally, members provided internal perimeter and counter insurgency operations while providing 24/7 response capabilities to mitigate direct and indirect attacks directed toward peacekeeping forces on the installation. 

It was the unit’s third deployment to Afghanistan, Col. John Whitford, director of communications, for the Connecticut National Guard, said. Although for some individual members of the unit, it was their first deployment, Whitford said.

Tim Jensen January 31, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Awesome job on these photos Larry!
Kaitlin Glanzer (Editor) January 31, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Welcome home and thank you for serving our country.
stephanie smith January 31, 2012 at 01:32 PM
So many happy faces! Glad to have you back!
Stephanie Riefe January 31, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Welcome home! Thank you for your service. These faces are beautiful!
Lori Gates January 31, 2012 at 02:13 PM
welcome home and thank you for all you have done for all of us.
Ted Glanzer (Editor) January 31, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Welcome home and thank you.
Mark Kalina January 31, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Thank you for your service!
Randy Daigle January 31, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Welcome home and thank you for serving our country, God Bless you all and your families.
Debi Puzia Bates January 31, 2012 at 03:34 PM
These picture are great. Thank you to all the men and women who serve our country. Welcome home !
Susan Schoenberger (Editor) January 31, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Many, many thanks to these brave men and women for their service. The photo of the soldier greeting his new baby is priceless.
Diane January 31, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Welcome home! Thank you!
Peter Dinella January 31, 2012 at 09:21 PM
A big WELCOME HOME! Have fun with Hunter, one cute kid. Get the sled ready.
Barb February 01, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Welcome home and thank you


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