100 Wyoming Air National guardsmen deployed to Middle East
By AUSTIN HUGUELET | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne | Published: October 31, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Tribune News Service) — One hundred airmen in the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing deployed to the Middle East during the weekend.
Wyoming Military Department spokeswoman Deidre Forster said Monday that the deployed airmen would be flying and maintaining C-130 transport planes throughout the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, which covers 20 countries and includes Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
Forster said airlift missions in the area of responsibility could entail transporting cargo and personnel or airdropping supplies, but added that everything would depend on day-to-day needs determined by Central Command.
Current Central Command operations in the theater include: Resolute Support, a NATO-led mission to train and assist Afghan security forces; Inherent Resolve, the American campaign against the Islamic State, and a military training mission to Saudi Arabia.
Forster said the deployment had been scheduled for some time. The airmen are expected to return home next spring.
Those deployed make up roughly one-12th of the 153rd Airlift Wing’s strength.
“Our airmen deployed with the knowledge that I and the entire chain of command, up to and including the governor, support them, their families and their civilian employers,” said Col. Paul Lyman, 153rd Airlift Wing commander. “We look forward to the day we welcome them home.”