Kentucky aviators return from Kosovo

Jacklynn and Dalton Geen, children of Sgt. Douglas Green of Co. B, 2-147th Aviation, hold up a sign welcoming their father home after a year-long deployment to Kosovo. Company B, 2-147th Aviation conducted flight operations in support of the NATO-led peacekeeping operations in Kosovo. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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By Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 22, 2010) — Friends and family showed up in large numbers to welcome home 86 Kentucky Army National Guard aviation Soldiers as they return from a tour of duty in Kosovo. The ceremony was held at 12:30 p.m. today at Hangar #2, Boone National Guard Center.

Bravo Co., 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation and Charlie Co. 169th MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation) mobilized August 2009 with 11 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for the Kosovo mission, supporting slingload and waterbucket/firefighting operations, troop transport and hoist operations, as well as medical evacuation missions for US and NATO troops and civilians.

This is the second deployment for each unit, Bravo Co. having deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006 and Charlie Co. in 2004-2005.

“It is great to welcome you home,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush, Director of the Joint Staff of the Kentucky National Guard. “It is truly a blessing to both your Families and to Kentucky to have you home after successfully completing your important mission in Kosovo.”

The Kentucky aviators were among the more than 9,000 Servicemembers from 31 nations that comprised the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

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Family and friends of Co. B, 2-147th Aviation and Det. 1, Co. C, 1-169th Medevac gathered at Hanger #2 on Boone National Guard Center to welcome home their Soldiers from a year-long deployment to Kosovo, Wednesday, July 21. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)Soldiers of Co. B, 2-147th Aviation and Det. 1, Co. C, 1-169th Medevac arrive at Hanger #2 on Boone National Guard Center to a Homecoming ceremony after serving a year-long deployment to Kosovo, Wednesday, July 21.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)Brig. General Michael Dornbush, Chief of Joint Staff of the Kentucky National Guard, welcomes the Soldiers of Co. B, 2-147th Aviation and Det. 1, Co. C, 1-169th Medevac home from a year-long deployment to Kosovo, Wednesday, July 21. The NATO-led peacekeeping operations in Kosovo have been a collaborative effort of over 9,000 Servicemembers from 31 nations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)Nicole Martin, wife of Capt. Stephen Martin, Co. B., 2-147th Aviation, is interviewed by a member of the media prior to her husband's return from a year-long deployment to Kosovo, Wednesday, Jul 21. The aviators of Co. B, 2-147th Aviation served as part of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)Aviators of Co. B, 2-147th Aviation and Det. 1, Co. C, 1-169th Medevac stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem during their Homecoming ceremony after returning from serving a year-long deployment to Kosovo, Wednesday, July 21.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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