Thu March 6, 2014
Rhode Island National Guard Troops Returning Home
A large group of Rhode Island National guardsmen is set to return from deployment Thursday and Friday.
About 120 members of the Air National Guard will return home; arriving at Quonset Point over the next two days. They’re members of the 143rd Airlift Wing unit, who’ve been stationed in South West Asia. They’ve been deployed for as many as six months, working as pilots, aircraft maintenance crews and support staff.
Almost all are from Rhode Island with a few from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. This was a longer than usual deployment for the unit, and the airmen returning won’t be called back for at least another 18 months.
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