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D-M's Deployers Return Home

Release Number: 031015

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nick Pettit, 563rd Operation Support Squadron, embraces his family on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 9, 2015. Two HC-130J Combat King II’s and 25 Airmen returned from a 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nick Pettit, 563rd Operation Support Squadron, embraces his family on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 9, 2015. Two HC-130J Combat King II’s and 25 Airmen returned from a 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tim Fitzpatrick, 563rd Operations Support Squadron loadmaster, embraces his wife, Laura Fitzpatrick, on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 9, 2015. Two HC-130J Combat King II’s and 25 Airmen returned from a 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tim Fitzpatrick, 563rd Operations Support Squadron loadmaster, embraces his wife, Laura Fitzpatrick, on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 9, 2015. Two HC-130J Combat King II’s and 25 Airmen returned from a 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour/Released)

Friends and family wait to greet U.S. Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group while Two HC-130J Combat King IIs park on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 9, 2015. Approximately 25 Airmen returned home from a 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour/Released)

Friends and family wait to greet U.S. Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group while Two HC-130J Combat King IIs park on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 9, 2015. Approximately 25 Airmen returned home from a 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour/Released)


The last 24 of 48 total rescue personnel deployed from the 79th Rescue Squadron at D-M returned home at 3:40 p.m. today.

Airmen were greeted by family, friends and base leadership.  Photos are attached and a video link is included below.

A total of 1,200 Airmen from across D-M have been deployed around the world including the 79th Rescue Squadron, which deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. This is the largest deployment at D-M since WWII. Normally, the base has approximately 500 Airmen deployed at any time throughout the year; since early this year D-M has had more than double that amount deployed at one time.

QUOTE: "We were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, providing 24-hour personnel recovery, seven days a week, in the Middle East assigned to the Personnel Recovery Task Force.  This included Guardian Angel Teams with the HH-60 and we provided the HC-130 support," said Lt Col Jim Brunner, 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron Commander.

These deployments highlight the importance of Davis-Monthan and its units to America's national security.
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