Airmen return home from Southwest Asia

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP-MODIFIED) — More than 100 members of an Air Force Reserve unit returned home to Western New York after spending the past several months overseas.

Husbands, wives, kids, parents and even dogs greeted airmen in the 914th Airlift Wing as they returned home aboard two aircraft Monday morning at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Though technology helps the airmen stay in touch with families, but there’s still no place like home.

Jill Waz of Lockport said, “It’s always wonderful having him back. This is his fifth deployment. It’s always exciting having him home. We missed him so much.”

Major Christopher Pfeil, Jr. said, “To be home? For me, it’s fantastic! Everybody is just elated to come home. It’s a feeling you can’t quite describe. You’re so anxious to come home and you miss everybody. It’s all you can think about.”

Members of the wing’s operations and maintenance units were deployed to Southwest Asia earlier this year. While overseas the airmen supported U.S. military operations by performing aircraft maintenance, medical evacuations and combat cargo deliveries.

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