Airmen return from frontline

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Wing senior leaders welcome Airmen from the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron home after a 6-month deployment to the Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 9, 2018. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW and Virginia Air National Guard in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik, Virginia Air National Guard Air Component Commander, welcomes back Airmen assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron during their homecoming to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

JBLE Airmen return from frontline

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing and the 192nd Wing returned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, from a deployment to the Middle East on Oct. 9, 2018.

Active duty and Virginia Air National Guard Airmen were deployed 6-months as part of the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Their efforts enabled USAF F-22 Raptors to deliver air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria.

This arrangement is possible due to the total-force integration of the 1st FW and 192nd WG and showcases the resulting efficiencies at Langley, as well as, the impact the VaANG has on the Combat Air Forces’ warfighting capabilities.

The Airmen were greeted by a large crowd of families and fellow service members. 1st FW Commander, Col. Jason T. Hinds, and 192nd WG Commander, Col. Frank J. Lobash, led a long receiving line where many thanks, high fives and welcome home sentiments were given to the returning Airmen. Many family members with signs waved and tried to catch the first glimpse of their Airman coming off the passenger plane parked on the flightline.

"It's great to have our 192d Airmen return from a highly successful deployment to the CENTCOM region after fighting the war on ISIS," said Lobash. "This group of Airmen brought forward the most experienced and talented F-22 maintainers and pilots in the world explaining the successful results. Alongside our 1st FW partners and all our 192d WG support Airmen at home, once again the VaANG showed the World what we bring to the fight. At Langley AFB, we face every challenge by first looking for the most efficient 'Total Force' solution and that approach consistently yields the incredibly successful results we see here. As a shining light for all to see, our successes should guide the greater Air Force to do the same as we face very complex and multi domain threats going forward."

During the deployment, the 94th EFS protected coalition ground forces operating within Syria by flying Defensive Counter Air missions against enemy air-to-ground capable fighter aircraft. The squadron also flew Offensive Counter Air missions deep into Syrian territory, facing both enemy fighters and surface-to-air missile systems, as the United States and Coalition forces launched deliberate attacks in response to the Syrian regime's illegal use of chemical weapons. On several occasions, the Raptors provided armed over watch for U.S. Navy aircraft as they transited through the Straits of Hormuz.

The 94th EFS flew more combat sorties and hours on a per aircraft basis than any deployed F-22 squadron ever. All told, the squadron logged over 590 sorties and more than 4,600 flight hours, dropping 4,250 pounds of ordnance and deterring 587 enemy aircraft. The squadron also accomplished the first-ever F-22 Raptor combat surge, which maximized combat sorties over a three-day period.

On their way home, the 94th EFS aircraft were diverted to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, where they will remain for a short-term deployment within the U.S. European Command area of operations. Personnel from the 27th Fighter Squadron and 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit as well as the VaANG’s 149th Fighter Squadron and 192nd Maintenance Group met the aircraft in England and, as part of the “Raptor Redeploy” mission, will accomplish local European training and engagements with NATO allies and partners.
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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)