by Senior Airman Justin M. Creech
137th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
2/4/2015 - OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thirteen
Airmen from the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 137th Air Refueling Wing
at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base reunited with family and friends
Feb. 3 at Will Rogers World Airport here after a six-month deployment to
Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Airmen were welcomed as they walked through a procession line of
American flags and applause to meet their families at the YMCA Military
Welcome Center at Will Rogers World Airport soon after landing.
"I'm relieved to be home," said Staff Sgt. Chevon Thames, 137th Security
Forces Squadron. "We had a good team and a lot of cohesion, but all of
us were ready to see our families. That was great having all the people
lined up holding the flags, I've never experienced that before."
Organizing an event to greet the Airmen is special for Master Sgt.
Porctia Tinsley, 137th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant. Tinsley
has participated in welcome home ceremonies both as a service member and
a military spouse.
"I am excited for the families to welcome our member's home," said
Tinsley. "These Airmen missed the holiday season and one of them missed
his daughter's first birthday. So, it's good for them to be back."
Attached to the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, the Airmen
were responsible for flight line and Air Force resource and personnel
security while deployed. The squad worked 24-hour shifts and endured
several mission changes.
"We secured all of the U.S assets and Joint Task Force assets that
provided aid and relief for combat missions," said Master Sgt. Ryan
Andresen, 137th Security Forces Squadron flight chief. "There were no
incidents to record, so I think we did phenomenal."