By Public Affairs, 184th Intelligence Wing
/ Published May 28, 2009
TSgt Kristina Kapaun, of the KSANG 184th Intelligence Wing’s 134th Air Control Squadron, is the first to be greeted by the Kansas Adjutant General, Maj Gen Tod Bunting, at McConnell AFB after serving on deployment at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
American Legion Riders presented KSANG 134th Air Control Squadron member, A1C Michael Fear, with a special welcome home flag upon his unit’s re-deployment from Iraq. A1C Fear was the most junior enlisted member to have deployed.
Kansas Air Guard’s 134 Air Control Squadron member, TSgt Justin Moody, gets hugs and kisses from his daughter and wife at the re-deployment ceremony welcoming his unit home from their deployment to Iraq.
Approximately 60 Kansas Air National Guardsmen of the 134th Air Control Squadron, 184th Intelligence Wing, Wichita, were welcomed home from their five month deployment to Iraq during a ceremony at McConnell Air Force Base on May 22.
Escorted by American Legion Riders, buses carried the airmen from the plane to the 184th Intelligence Wing's "Jayhawk Roost" Dining Facility. There the street outside was lined with more ALR motorcycles and over 150 families and friends. Cheers of joy filled the air as the 134th members stepped off the buses.
In attendance to welcome the troops back were the Adjutant General of Kansas, Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting and the 184th Intelligence Wing Commander, Col. Mike Foster.
"I'm honored to have these Airmen in the Kansas National Guard," said Bunting. "They have served their country well and it's great to have them home for this important holiday weekend."
"It is great to have our Wing members back in Kansas," said Foster. "I am proud of their commitment to faithfully serve our country and thankful for their family, friends' and employers' continued support."
While in Iraq, the 134th ACS provided tactical support of air operations planning from the Control Response Center at Joint Base Balad. In that capacity they were responsible for controlling all flight traffic into the theater of operation, and even played a key role in keeping the skies secure during the 2009 Iraqi provincial elections.
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