Air National Guard Members Welcomed Home

Dozens of members of the Air National Guard’s 103rd Airlift Wing touched down in Connecticut Thursday.

A big welcoming crew waited as the Air National Guard members came in for their landing at the Air National Guard base in East Granby.

Thirty airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing Unit returned home Thursday after deploying to southwest Asia last year.

"I'm happy to see my dad home because I've been waiting for my dad to come and I missed him so much," said Jeslyn Ramos, whose father returned Thursday, said with a smile.

Master Sgt. Jonathan Favreau is happy to be home after his third deployment.

"It's great to be home. It's great to be home so close to July 4th too," he said.

His wife Noreen had been waiting for this moment.

"I'm glad I have someone to cook for, instead of just me and the dogs," she said.

And Senior Airman Roy Walton was looking forward to his first meal back in the US.

“Good America hamburgers. That’s what I want,” he said.

While overseas, these airmen were focused on tactical airlift, transporting supplies and people through the region.

"We went and did the mission and we did it really well but being home is everything I hoped it would be and more," Walton said.

"It's great. There's nothing like coming home," Favreau said.

Of the nearly 300 airmen that deployed late in 2016, 200 have returned safely so far. The rest will be heading home later this summer.

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