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Rhode Warriors Return from Deployment

Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing returning from a deployment to Kuwait are greeted by Rhode Island military and political leaders as well as a flag detail provided by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. Family, firends and fellow Airmen waited inside to welcome the Airmen home. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing returning from a deployment to Kuwait are greeted by Rhode Island military and political leaders as well as a flag detail provided by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. Family, firends and fellow Airmen waited inside to welcome the Airmen home. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Family members anxiously await the arrival of their loved ones as they return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED) National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Family members anxiously await the arrival of their loved ones as they return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED) National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and (furry) friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and (furry) friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Excited families and friends greet their loved ones upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Major Mike Collins is greeted by his daughter upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Major Mike Collins is greeted by his daughter upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Airman First Class Dalton Spader meets his son Gavin for the first time upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Gavin was born while Airman Spader was deployed. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

Airman First Class Dalton Spader meets his son Gavin for the first time upon return from a deployment to Kuwait. Gavin was born while Airman Spader was deployed. Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Logistics Readiness Squadron were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. National Guard Photo by Master Sgt John McDonald (RELEASED)

01/05/2014 -- QUONSET AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, North Kingstown RI - After a one day weather delay 60 Airmen from the 143d Airlift Wing returned home January 5th following a deployment to Kuwait.

While deployed the Airmen from Operations, Maintenance and Logistics participated in Air Mobility operations in Southwest Asia supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Supply missions, troop movements, and humanitarian missions kept the Airmen busy during their stay.

Upon arriving at building P-1 the returning members were met by excited family members, fellow Airmen, and Rhode Island military and political leadership.

"Very Excited! It's great to be home with family," said returning Airman First Class Dalton Sapder as he held his son Gavin for the first time. "I couldn't wait for him to come home. We are so excited to have him back," said Airman Spader's wife Samantha.

An 11 member detail from the Patriot Guard and Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association provided an American Flag lined entrance into P-1 for the returning Airmen - a hero's welcome home. "We do this because this is the right thing to do. We didn't have a home coming from Vietnam and Iraq. We do this for the Airmen and their families," said Mike "Gizmo" Damazzi, Rhode Island State Representative of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

"Team Rhody returns from yet another highly successful mission," said Colonel Arthur Floru, 143d Airlift Wing Commander. "The Rhode Warriors compete on a world stage every day and always achieve extraordinary results. Our Team is very proud."

Welcome home Rhode Warriors!
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