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152nd Security Forces troops return to Reno

Friends and family members gather at the Reno-Tahoe Airport to welcome home members of the 152nd Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron.  The Security Forces personnel were deployed to southwest Asia for six months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  USAF photo by Capt. Jason Yuhasz 152AW/PA. Released.

Friends and family members gather at the Reno-Tahoe Airport to welcome home members of the 152nd Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron. The Security Forces personnel were deployed to southwest Asia for six months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. USAF photo by Capt. Jason Yuhasz 152AW/PA. Released.

RENO --      About 30 members of the 152nd Airlift Wing's Security Forces Squadron returned home here to Reno Monday after a 6-month deployment to southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Friends, family members and fellow Airmen were all gathered at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to greet them.
     On-hand to greet the Security Forces personnel was Col. Karl Stark, the commander of the 152nd Airlift Wing. 
     "As the wing commander I'm extremely proud of all our returning Airmen and I thank each one of them, and their families, for the sacrifices they've made," Stark said. 
     While overseas, the deployers performed air base ground defense operations.  The operations included protecting an air base against possible enemy actions by using various infantry tactics: patrolling, close-quarters battle, defense in depth, employing crew-served weapons and other ground combat tactics. 
     During the deployment, some Security Forces personnel moved to a forward operating location and, working with U.S. Marines, helped open an additional operating base.
     "It's great to see High Roller families reunited," said Chief Master Sgt. David Gonzales upon seeing the deployers greeted by families and friends.  "I'm proud of what our troops accomplished over there."
     So far this year the 152nd Airlift Wing has deployed personnel from various squadrons: Security Forces, Operations and Maintenance, Civil Engineer, Logistics Readiness, and the Force Support Squadron.  Stark emphasized successful missions and safe return of our fellow High Rollers are always the goals for the Nevada Air National Guard. 
     "Our Airmen have returned safely back to 'High Roller Country' having served with pride and honor," Stark said.  "The sacrifices our Airmen and their families make ensure our nation continues to remain free."     
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