Category Archives: Deployment

So there we were: me and my guitar in Iceland

By Master Sgt. Kevin Nichols 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs I normally don’t take my guitar with me on work trips; if I have the itch to play (and I usually do), I just find one on the road while … Continue reading

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Gridiron Reunion

The sound of excitement fills the aircraft hangar early on a bright Saturday morning. Anxious families have been awake for some time, preparing … waiting. Anticipation of the reunions soon to come overwhelm the crowd as an aircraft’s tires hit … Continue reading

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Reunited, a family’s hearts beat as one

Saturday’s Operation Homecoming included a unique reunion for one Saber family.  For five months, half the King family has been away—one through a deployment with the U.S. Air Force and another two who won’t be born until October. Tech. Sgt. … Continue reading

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Bigler: Bittersweet Moment

The last goodbye. The final farewell before he leaves. This may be one of the hardest parts of a deployment. Melissa just endured this pain as her husband, Staff Sgt. Tyler Bigler, left July 8 with the rest of his … Continue reading

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Barron: The Hardest Thing

Jeremiah and Brittany Barron set up a family care plan far in advance and are confident that their children will be well taken care of in the capable hands of their grandparents, but all the planning and preparation in the … Continue reading

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Briscoe: The Way Out

It was early when the first Airmen showed up at the 606th Air Control Squadron; it was 4 a.m., to be exact. Some were accompanied by loved ones, others stood there alone or mingled with coworkers. As the sun rose … Continue reading

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Bigler: Packing Together

Packing for a deployment is always a sobering activity. How many uniforms? Extra socks? Enough deodorant? Luckily, Staff Sgt. Tyler Bigler had help from his wife, Melissa, to make the process go a little more smooth.

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Briscoe: The PDF Line

It all comes down to this. The brown deployment folders, filled to the brim with information ranging from emergency contact information to weapons qualification forms, are prepped for the PDF line. The PDF line, or personnel deployment function, is a … Continue reading

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Barron: What are Toys without Children

The Barron Family Brittany and Jeremiah walked into their children’s empty playroom as their dog Jackson trailed along to lend a helping paw. He couldn’t exactly lift up any toys or fill boxes, but his rambunctious and playful demeanor made … Continue reading

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The Waiting Game

Deployments sometimes require a lot of waiting. These Airmen from the 480th Fighter Squadron occupied their time by playing cards, watching movies on their computers, and trying to get a little sleep. There’s not much they can do but sit … Continue reading

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