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Deployers return home in time for the Holidays

Technical Sergeant Bjorn Fecher, 108th Aerospace Ground Equipment, reunites with his girl friend Jessica Jaquis, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016. This is Tech. Sgt. Fecher’s 7th deployment in 15 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

Technical Sergeant Bjorn Fecher, 108th Aerospace Ground Equipment, reunites with his girl friend Jessica Jaquis, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016. This is Tech. Sgt. Fecher’s 7th deployment in 15 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

Senior Airmen Rachel Stubbs, Fuel Systems Apprentice from the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, searches the crowd for familiar faces at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016, as she returns from supporting operation inherent resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

Senior Airmen Rachel Stubbs, Fuel Systems Apprentice from the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, searches the crowd for familiar faces at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016, as she returns from supporting operation inherent resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

Families and friends of deployed Airmen wait for the KC-135R door to open on the flight line at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016. 26 New Jersey Air National Guard Airmen from the 108th Wing returned home after supporting operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

Families and friends of deployed Airmen wait for the KC-135R door to open on the flight line at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016. 26 New Jersey Air National Guard Airmen from the 108th Wing returned home after supporting operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

Emma Balas waits to greet, SSgt Jason Balas an 108th Wing Crew Chief, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016. SSgt Balas and 25 other New Jersey Air National Guard 108th Airmen, completed the last leg of their return trip after leaving more than two months ago. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

Emma Balas waits to greet, SSgt Jason Balas an 108th Wing Crew Chief, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016. SSgt Balas and 25 other New Jersey Air National Guard 108th Airmen, completed the last leg of their return trip after leaving more than two months ago. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

The Balas family has their signs ready at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016, for the return SSgt Jason Balas an 108th Wing Crew Chief, from his deployment. SSgt Balas and 25 other 108th Airmen returned home after supporting operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

The Balas family has their signs ready at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016, for the return SSgt Jason Balas an 108th Wing Crew Chief, from his deployment. SSgt Balas and 25 other 108th Airmen returned home after supporting operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley/Released)

108th Wing Public Affairs -- Over 20 Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard, 108th Wing, returned to Joint Base Mc-Guire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 21, 2016, from an overseas de-ployment. 
Friends and family greeted the re-deploy-ers on the flight line after the last leg of the re-deployers journey home. Tech. Sgt. Carly Balas whose husband Staff Sgt. Jason Balas was returning on the flight said the “fami-ly is looking forward to seeing him home again.”
The returning Air-men were KC-135R Stratotanker main-tainers and pilots, and supported Operation Inherent Resolve from their deployed location.
Tech. Sgt. Bjorn Fecher, aerospace ground equipment, said he is “relieved to be done, and to be back,” and that this was his “7th or 8th [deploy-ment] over 15 years.”
Over 6,000 108th Airmen have supported overseas operations since 2001.