345th Airlift Squadron returns to Keesler AFB

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Associated Press

Posted on September 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — After months in Afghanistan, the 345th Airlift Squadron — known as the Golden Eagles — is back in Mississippi.

The 345th and the 815th Airlift Squadrons train daily at Keesler Air Force Base for tactical airlifts, said their commander, Col. Michael Ramirez.

Those involve "delivering cargo supplies, troops, and the aero medical evacuation. Last May they deployed out to Southeast Asia to actually execute that mission. So it's very exciting to see all that training come to fruition as they executed that mission for our nation," he told WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/V0dQPp ) as the squadron returned to Keesler Air Force Base on Saturday.

The 30-person squadron deployed May 9. Ramirez said it completed 261 airdrops over the past four months, and returned safely.

"''I think that's the best part. We love to get our people back into the squadron and get them back home, but I think more importantly the families can't wait," Ramirez said.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com

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