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Leadership helps bring home deployed Airmen

The Grissom Fire Department flies a U.S. flag for returning Airmen exiting their aircraft at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana July 15, 2019. Sixteen Airmen from the 434th Air Refueling Wing were greeted and flown home by leadership after arriving at the Baltimore-Washington International airport. (U.S. photo/Ben Mota)

The Grissom Fire Department flies a U.S. flag for returning Airmen exiting their aircraft at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana July 15, 2019. Sixteen Airmen from the 434th Air Refueling Wing were greeted and flown home by leadership after arriving at the Baltimore-Washington International airport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Charlee, Hudson and Mila Morris pose with signs July 15, 2019 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana while waiting for their father, Master Sgt. Michael Morris, to return home from his deployment. Their father along with 15 other Airmen were greeted and flown home by leadership after arriving at the Baltimore-Washington International airport. (U.S. photo/Ben Mota)

Charlee, Hudson and Mila Morris pose with signs July 15, 2019 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana while waiting for their father, Master Sgt. Michael Morris, to return home from his deployment. Their father along with 15 other Airmen were greeted and flown home by leadership after arriving at the Baltimore-Washington International airport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

A Grissom fire truck supporting the U.S. flag greets a KC-135 Stratotanker at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, July 15, 2019.  The tanker transported 16 Airmen following their deployments from Baltimore-Washington International Airport back to Grissom were deployers were greeted by friends and family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

A Grissom fire truck supporting the U.S. flag greets a KC-135 Stratotanker at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, July 15, 2019. The tanker transported 16 Airmen following their deployments from Baltimore-Washington International Airport back to Grissom were deployers were greeted by friends and family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. --

Sixteen returning Reserve Citizen Airmen got a surprise when they boarded a KC-135R Stratotanker only to find that one of their pilots was also their wing commander.

Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander, and another pilot flew a KC-135 to Baltimore Washington International Airport to transport the returning deployers to their families waiting at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, July 15.

Accompanying Shaw was Col. Scott Russell, 434th Mission Support Group commander, who also flew to greet the returning Airmen.

“It’s always great to help our deployers return home,” said Shaw. “My goal is to always get people home to their loved ones as soon as possible.”

The wing is currently going through one of the largest deployment cycles since 9/11.

“These folks were gone a long time, and represented Grissom and the 434th ARW with tremendous professionalism,” said Shaw.  “It’s an honor to get them through the last leg of their journey so they can be with their families.”

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. Men and women from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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Public Affairs Staff

Material contained on the Official Grissom Air Reserve Base Internet Web Site is written and produced by members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. The award-winning staff includes:



Douglas Hays
Chief, Public Affairs

Ben Mota
Public affairs Operations Chief

Vacant
NCOIC of public affairs

Tech. Sgt. Jami Lancette
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Chris Massey
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Courtney Dotson-Essett
Staff writer

Airman 1st Class Harrison Withrow
staff writer