Airmen from the 137th Security Forces Squadron return home

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  • By Senior Airman Justin M. Creech
  • 137th ARW Public Affairs
Thirteen Airmen from the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 137th Air Refueling Wing reunited with their families and friends on Feb. 3 at Will Rogers World Airport after a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"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."

The Airmen 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.

"That was great," said Thames, "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 1st. Sgt. 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 U.S. 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."