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Utah National Guard honors hometown heroes

Posted - Mar. 6, 2010 at 9:51 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- It was packed house at the State Capitol Saturday for a special service honoring local military members.

Members of the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing listen to speakers at the "Hometown Heroes Salute" program Saturday.
Members of the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing listen to speakers at the "Hometown Heroes Salute" program Saturday.

More than 140 maintenance personnel of the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing were honored at the "Hometown Heroes Salute."

Airmen and their families gathered to commemorate the contributions and sacrifice to Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and many other peacekeeping operations around the world since 9/11.

Over the past few months, over 400 military members from Utah who have been deployed across the globe have been recognized for their efforts.

Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, sanctioned the Hometown Heroes program in 2008.

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