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419th Returns Home

419th Returns Home

Posted - Apr. 29, 2003 at 8:18 a.m.



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(KSL TV) Every member of the 419th Fighter Wing -- deployed to Iraq earlier this year -- has returned home. The final 25 members returned to Salt Lake last night.

Family and friends greeted the service men and women who searched out enemy positions and eliminated them and provided support for ground troops under heavy enemy fire.

Elgin Rose/ 419th Fighter Wing: "WE GOT THE JOB DONE -- AND NOW IT'S JUST TIME TO BE HOME WITH FAMILY AGAIN -- BEEN GONE TOO LONG."

Many of those returning are grateful for the support they have received from Americans while fighting a war that received it's fair share of criticism.

More than 60 other members of the 419th have returned to Utah in the past two weeks.

While many Utah troops are coming home, others are just now being deployed to Iraq.

Last night 10 members of the 151st Air Refueling Wing of the Utah Air National Guard left Salt Lake for active duty. They'll be deployed for 12 months, during which time they'll do such things as provide meals and manage lodging facilities, as well as take care of recreational activities for the troops.

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