More than 100 airmen are expected to return to Rhode Island this Fourth of July weekend.
Members of the 143d Airlift Wing were welcomed to the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown on Thursday, the Rhode Island National Guard announced, with more to return Friday.
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“We are thrilled to welcome our Airmen safely back home after another outstanding performance in an overseas theater,” said Col. Michael Comstock, 143d Airlift Wing Commander.
Several C-130J aircraft were also expected to return to base.
The National Guard said the airmen were part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They include personnel from a cross-section of aviation operations, aircraft maintenance, as well as support specialties.
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“We look forward to the safe return of our airmen who are still deployed and continue to keep them in our hearts and minds,” a post on the Rhode Island National Guard Facebook page noted. “Welcome back #RhodeWarriors!”