MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WMAR) - Members of the Maryland National Guard were welcomed home by friends and family today after their deployment to Afghanistan.
About 15 members of the 135th Airlift Group, and one C-27 'Spartan' aircraft, returned after their two-month deployment. An additional 15 members are scheduled to arrive on June 26 and 25 more are slated to come home on June 30.
While deployed, the unit and their aircrafts worked in direct support of the Army to provide air assets in moving cargo, personnel and air dropping supplies.
Lt. Col. Mike Mentges, 135 Airlift Squadron Commander, explained that this was the first deployment with the new C-27 aircraft after they switched as part of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission.
"We got the aircraft, trained everyone up on it, and deployed, all within a year," said Mentges.
"I was a little scared before I left, but once I got there, it was business as usual," said Tech. Sgt. Mary Watkins, loadmaster. "I can't believe I'm back home."
Welcome home 135th Airlift Group.
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