Oklahoma Air National Guardsmen To Return Home From Afghanistan

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 10:56 am
By: News 9

More of Oklahoma's Finest are set to return home just in time for Christmas.

Seven members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard will be back home Monday night after almost five months in Afghanistan.

The airmen supported more than 2,500 troops of the Army National Guard's 45th infantry. They provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to ground commanders.

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"Each and every one of these Airmen is a hero and exemplifies the finest qualities found in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. I am extremely proud of them,"said Maj. Gen. Myles L. Deering, the adjutant General for Oklahoma.

Deering said these airmen dropped more than 60,000 pounds of bombs, killing dozens of insurgents and saved the lives of countless American soldiers.