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Welcome Home: 153rd Airlift Wing’s C-130 Hercules and Airmen return from successful deployment

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Story by Master Sgt. Jon Alderman

After nearly four months in the U.S. Africa Command area of
responsibility, the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing has successfully
concluded its deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The C-130 Hercules aircraft, along with over 130 dedicated Airmen, will be returning
home within the week, marking the completion of their mission.

“We are thrilled to welcome back our men and women who have served with distinction
during this deployment,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Barry Deibert, Wing Commander of the
153rd Airlift Wing. “Their dedication to excellence have once again demonstrated the
capabilities and readiness of the Wyoming Air National Guard.”

During their deployment, the Airmen carried out tactical airlift missions, transporting
troops and cargo across challenging environments. Their efforts ensured the success of
critical operations in support of national security objectives.

Reflecting on the mission, Deibert expressed gratitude for the support received from the
Cheyenne community and the nation as a whole. “The ongoing support from our local
community and the entire nation has been instrumental throughout our deployment,” he
stated. “It is a testament to the strong bonds between our military and the communities
we serve.”

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Welcome home. We are proud of our Airmen’s accomplishments.
On March 5, 2024 we welcomed home over 130 airmen from their deployment to Djibouti, Africa.
Gratitude to all support personnel for their dedicated efforts in efficiently assisting their fellow wingmen with in-processing, enabling them to swiftly reunite with their loved ones.
Additional photographs can be found here :…/RETURN-DJIBOUTI-AFRICA