Five soldiers from Delaware’s National Guard will return from an overseas deployment this weekend.
The soldiers, from the National Guard’s Detachment 7, Operational Support Airlift Agency, served a nine-month deployment to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The group is a team that flies the C-12 aircraft. They departed Delaware in March of 2015 and their mission was to support the Joint United States-African Command by transporting personnel and supplies to remote areas of operation.
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All five Soldiers have deployed previously.
"What a Christmas present to have these Soldiers home in time to spend the holidays with their families and friends," said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General for the Delaware National Guard. "We greatly appreciate their professionalism and dedication to service and cannot wait to personally welcome them home."
The team originally deployed seven soldiers, but two already returned home due to personal emergencies. In early February, the Delaware National Guard will host an official welcome home ceremony for all seven soldiers.
The returning Soldiers will arrive on several different flights over the weekend.