Deployers return home in time for the Holidays

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  • By SSgt Ross A.Whitley
  • 108th Wing
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.