A little over a week ago approximately 65 Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing boarded 3 C-17‘s from the 446th Airlift Wing and began a 4 month journey to provide combat search and rescue support for Operation Enduring Freedom. The McChord based C-17’s were fully loaded with pilots, aircrew, maintainers, support personnel, three 129th RQS HH-60G‘s, and all of their support equipment. While this deployment is part of regular Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) cycle, it is still hard on the families to see their loved ones leave. The last AEF deployment occurred in 2007. Their sacrifices are deeply appreciated.
Safe Journeys and we’ll see you when you come back! And to the readers of this blog, please leave a comment below wishing our troops well.