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Families greet F-16 pilots returning home from Korea



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HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen supporting the 388th Fighter Wing's 421st Fighter Squadron of F16s returned to Utah Wednesday evening from a more than a six month deployment to Korea.

The eight jets and nine pilots were greeted by family members and friends eager to welcome them home.

"When I finally landed, I was just so happy to see them," said Capt. Davis Rogers. "It was, I can't really describe it ... can't really put it into words when you get back."

It was the first time his children — 6-year-old Layla and 4-year-old Vaughn — were there to greet their dad returning home from a deployment.

"It's incredible," said Vanessa Rogers, Davis' wife. "And I think seeing it through my children's eyes is, you know, there's no words for it."

Davis Rogers and his fellow pilots are maintainers and support personnel who provided air support in the region as part of a routine security rotation.

"The 421st Fighter Squadron Airmen are dedicated, professional and hard working, and they've made great contributions in an effort to continue to provide freedom and liberty for this great nation," said Col. Scott Long, 388th Fighter Wing commander.

Andrew Wittenberg

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