by Airman 1st Class Madelyn McCullough
446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
2/27/2013 - MCCHORD FIELD, Wash. -- About
60 Citizen Airmen from the 86th Aerial Port Squadron here are scheduled
to come home from a six-month deployment from various locations in
Southwest Asia and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
A group of about 20 Reservists are scheduled to arrive at Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport Feb. 28 to be greeted by their friends, family
members, and other supporters including the 86th APS commander, Maj.
By the end of December 2012, the group had already managed to support
the movement of more than 100,000 passengers and nearly 70,000 pounds of
cargo on almost 7,500 missions. This deployment had a mixture of both
new and experienced Reservists who worked at a busy Kandahar,
Afghanistan terminal to support their war-fighting counterparts,
Edwards, a two-time Bronze Star recipient, said. It gave them the
opportunity to be mission ready.
The reservists are returning to their Pacific Northwest homes including
Auburn, Bothell, Kent, Oak Harbor, Spanaway, Spokane, Tacoma, and
Even with the busy and continuous schedule, the reservists managed
accomplish other mission-essential training. Training ranged from
career-efficiency and promotion training, to finishing Community College
of the Air Force classes to earn Associate's Degrees.
"I'm proud they were able to directly support the war fighters by
bringing them the equipment and supplies they needed as well as moving
them where they needed to be," Edwards, a local State Farm agent, said.
"It's good to have (the Airmen) home after a long, hard six months of
continuous labor so they can be with their friends and families again."