Hawaii Air National Guard Tankers Return from Deployment
By Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz, 154th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 07, 2014
Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam -- Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) personnel and two KC-135 Stratotankers returned home this morning from a deployment to the U.S. Central Command's (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). Approximately 40 HIANG men and women from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron and 154th Maintenance Group deployed for 4 months to the CENTCOM AOR during which time they refueled various types of U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft conducting operations in and around Iraq.
"They have been very busy and making significant contributions to an important mission in that part of the world," said Col. Glen Naka¬mura, vice commander of the Air Guard's 154th Wing. "We're very proud of the job our airmen are doing".
An anxious crowd of family members and military officials awaited on the flightline during the early morning hours of Monday, 7 October for the air crews, HIANG personnel and members of the active duty's 96th Air Refueling Squadron.