Langley Raptors Return Home

Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, 192nd Maintenance Squadron low observable technician, proposes to his girlfriend Ashley Branham, after returning from a six-month deployment from the Middle East with the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, 192nd Maintenance Squadron low observable technician, proposes to his girlfriend Ashley Branham, after returning from a six-month deployment from the Middle East with the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Family of Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, holds a welcome home sign, celebrating his return from the Middle East at Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Greenquist is a low observable technician from the 192nd Maintenance Squadron and was deployed with the 1st Fighter Wing for six months. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Family of Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, holds a welcome home sign, celebrating his return from the Middle East at Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Greenquist is a low observable technician from the 192nd Maintenance Squadron and was deployed with the 1st Fighter Wing for six months. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Airmen assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing return home after a 6-month deployment to the Middle East, Oct. 12, 2017. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Airmen assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing return home after a 6-month deployment to the Middle East, Oct. 12, 2017. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Chamber, 1st Maintenance Squadron metals technology technician, hugs his new born baby Xanthe, who he has never met, after his return from a six-month deployment to the Middle East in participation of Operation Inherent Resolve, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017.  Spencer, was deployed with members of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and Virginia Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Chamber, 1st Maintenance Squadron metals technology technician, hugs his new born baby Xanthe, who he has never met, after his return from a six-month deployment to the Middle East in participation of Operation Inherent Resolve, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Spencer, was deployed with members of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and Virginia Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, 
192nd Maintenance Squadron low observable technician, kisses his fiancé  Ashley Branham, after she accepted his proposal to marry her at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Greenquist just returned from a six-month deployment to the Middle East with the 1st Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, 192nd Maintenance Squadron low observable technician, kisses his fiancé Ashley Branham, after she accepted his proposal to marry her at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Greenquist just returned from a six-month deployment to the Middle East with the 1st Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – Over 70 members assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group and 149th Operations Squadron returned to Langley Air Force Base October 12, 2017, after a six-month deployment to the Middle East. During their deployment, F-22 Raptors participated in Operation INHERENT RESOLVE against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“We’re proud of the work our Airmen have done and are continuing to do,” said 192nd FW Commander Col. Frank J. Lobash.

“These citizen Airmen are your neighbors in the community that, on a moment’s notice, get the call to serve our Nation. This is why we do what we do every day in the Virginia Air National Guard and keep our Airmen ready and trained to make the mission happen,” said Lobash.

The 192nd FW deployed together with personnel from the 1st FW’s 27th Fighter Squadron and the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. The 192nd Intelligence Squadron supported the effort here, providing battle damage assessments and other intelligence to the team on the ground.

 “When we go to combat, it is truly a total force effort with our 192nd FW partners,” said U.S. Air Force 1st FW Commander Col. Jason T. Hinds.

Some F-22s remained in Europe as part of the European Deterrence Initiative.

While in the Europe, the F-22s will also forward deploy from the United Kingdom to other NATO bases to maximize training opportunities, demonstrate our steadfast commitment to NATO allies and deter any actions that destabilize regional security.

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Issue #14 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUkYn. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xUkfU to subscribe to the newsletter via email. In This Issue: 529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYa Virginia cyber warriors join New England exercise Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYY Bissell takes command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYg Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkY4 192nd Security Forces Squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYb DMA conducts first-ever Supervisor Course Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYW
This #VaANG recruiting video from 2001 is #throwbackthursday gold. #tbt
192nd Security Forces squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate. Read more here - https://go.usa.gov/xUWZg Photos here - https://flic.kr/s/aHskEepSJQ
Check out the 192nd's own SSgt. Cunningham co-hosting the sixth episode of the Air Combat Command's podcast "The Reflective Belt"
For this #throwbackthursday, 2nd Lt. Allison Gilbert, a Physician's Assistant from the Virginia Air National Guard's 192d Fighter Wing, treats a young patient with the help of interpreter, 1st Lt. Roberto Balderon from the Salvadoran Army July 16, 2002. The 192 FW's Medical Squadron took a 14-day humanitarian mission to Morazan, El Salvador. They visited the four towns of Guatajiagua, Sociedad, Cacaopera, and Chilanga for medical support of the local people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michele G. Misiano) #TBT #VaANG
Happy Independence Day 192nd Fighter Wing! Thank you all for helping to keep our country free. Enjoy your families today and be safe. Honored to serve with you all! - Chief Bouley
"Please join me in congratulating our 149th Fighter Squadron's Maj. 'Mongo' Dietrich who was awarded the United States Air Force 2017 Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year," said Col. Frank J. Lobash, 192nd Fighter Wing commander. "This is an incredible accomplishment that once again shows the amazing talent and dedication our F-22 fighter squadron brings to the fight everyday." Lt. Gen. Mark C. Nowland, U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, hosts the 2017 Air Force Fighter Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., June 25, 2018. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)
Issue #13 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUrKZ. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard. Visit https://go.usa.gov/xU4R5 to add your email to the subscription list. In This Issue: 149th Fighter Squadron celebrates its 71st year Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrb2 Soldiers, Airmen awarded for marksmanship excellence Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbT Flora to succeed Mercer as Assistant Adjutant General – Army Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbj Hubbard takes command of 183rd RTI Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbW 192nd Fighter Wing welcomes new wing command chief Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbZ Governor signs DMV drivers license veteran indicator bill Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbB
#Throwbackthursday to when the Virginia Air National Guard enlisted 50 Airmen in just three days during 1970. See anyone you served with? #VaANG #VANGUARD #TBT read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xQsqU
“Civil Support Team operations are extremely complex, and excellence doesn’t just happen,” said Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff. “We are extremely proud of the outstanding performance of the Soldiers and Airmen of the 34th CST on the external evaluation and greatly appreciate the time and effort that went into their success.”
Welcome Chief Master Sgt. Christopher L. Amburn! He is the newest member of the VaANG and the incoming 192nd Fighter Wing command chief.
The VaANG is making a difference around the world. 203rd RED HORSE Squadron is building a school for children in rural El Salvador as part of Operation Beyond the Horizon 2018. Accompanied by the 192nd Security Forces Squadron and 192nd Medical Group, the mission provided training opportunities for the Airmen and new facilities for Salvadoran children.View photos here - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1826178330771708.1073741976.111055992283959&type=1&l=b1d569b546
Today, the 149th Fighter Squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, celebrates its 71st year as a unit. Read about what Airman 1st Class Dagejah Hampton and Lt. Col. "Scrappy" think makes the 149th FS great - https://go.usa.gov/xQhhc
Airmen of the 203rd RED HORSE squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, begin construction of a school, kitchen and latrine facility during May 2018 in rural El Salvador. The project was designed to bring vital services and resources to rural communities as part of Operation Beyond the Horizon, conducted by U.S. Army and Air Force active, guard and reserve components along with the El Salvadoran military and civic agencies. (Courtesy photo)
Happy Father's Day!
In case you missed it when the 203rd RED HORSE squadron volunteers were featured on the evening news for building a playground for kids in Norfolk, we talked with them too and went back to get photos of the finished project. According to one of the teachers there, the kids love the new playground. Great work RED HORSE! Read more here - https://go.usa.gov/xQtQ3
Members of the 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE), 192nd Fighter Wing, volunteered their time to construct a playground April 20, 2018, at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, Virginia. The effort was in coordination with the United Way of South Hampton Roads to help a Head Start preschool program remain in the neighborhood it primarily serves.
Approximately 100 U.S. Flags are displayed in celebration of National Flag Day June 14, 2018, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)