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Langley Raptors return home

Family of Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, holds a welcome home sign, celebrating his return from the Middle East at Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Greenquist is a low observable technician from the 192nd Maintenance Squadron and was deployed with the 1st Fighter Wing for six months. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Family of Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, holds a welcome home sign, celebrating his return from the Middle East at Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Greenquist is a low observable technician from the 192nd Maintenance Squadron and was deployed with the 1st Fighter Wing for six months. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Airmen return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017, from their deployment in the Middle East supporting the 27th Fighter Squadron’s mission in Operation Inherent Resolve.

U.S. Air Force Airmen return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017, from their deployment in the Middle East supporting the 27th Fighter Squadron’s mission in Operation Inherent Resolve. A portion of the F-22 Raptors from the 27th FS remained in Europe to support the European Deterrence Initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremiah Clarson, 192nd Maintenance Squadron quality assurance inspector, greets his family at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremiah Clarson, 192nd Maintenance Squadron quality assurance inspector, greets his family at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Clarson was part of a total-force integration deployment with the Virginia Air National Guard and the 1st Fighter Wing to the Middle East. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Chamber, 1st Maintenance Squadron metals technology technician, hugs his new born baby Xanthe, who he has never met, after his return from a six-month deployment to the Middle East in participation of Operation Inherent Resolve, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017.  Spencer, was deployed with members of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and Virginia Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Chamber, 1st Maintenance Squadron metals technology technician, hugs his new born baby Xanthe, who he has never met, after his return from a six-month deployment to the Middle East in participation of Operation Inherent Resolve, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Spencer, was deployed with members of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and Virginia Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Sorensen, 633rd Communications Squadron client systems supervisor, kisses his wife Sarah Sorensen, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Sorensen, 633rd Communications Squadron client systems supervisor, kisses his wife Sarah Sorensen, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. During his deployment, over 100 Airmen supported the 27th Fighter Squadron in Operation Inherent Resolve against the ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

Airmen assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing return home after a 6-month deployment to the Middle East, Oct. 12, 2017. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Airmen assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing return home after a 6-month deployment to the Middle East, Oct. 12, 2017. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, 192nd Maintenance Squadron low observable technician, proposes to his girlfriend Ashley Branham, after returning from a six-month deployment from the Middle East with the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Virginia Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Greenquist, 192nd Maintenance Squadron low observable technician, proposes to his girlfriend Ashley Branham, after returning from a six-month deployment from the Middle East with the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. The deployment consisted of F-22 Raptors and Airmen representing the 1st FW in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

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More than 100 members assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing returned to Langley Air Force Base today after a six month deployment to the Middle East. During their deployment, F-22 Raptor aircraft participated in Operation Inherent Resolve against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“I can’t be more proud of our Airmen,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jason T. Hinds, 1st FW Commander. “They did fantastic work operating and maintaining the F-22 for a prolonged period of combat operations. Well done.”

While the 1st FW’s 27th Fighter Squadron was the lead element deployed, they were joined by personnel from the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit as well as Virginia Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing.

“When we go to combat, it is truly a total force effort with our 192nd FW partners,” said Hinds.

The 1st FW homecoming was not quite complete, as some F-22s remained in Europe as part of the European Deterrence Initiative.
“The F-22 is America’s premier air dominance fighter, and our mission to Europe provides us an opportunity to train with our allies and strengthen our partnerships.” said Hinds.

While in the Europe, the F-22s will also forward deploy from the United Kingdom to other NATO bases to maximize training opportunities, demonstrate our steadfast commitment to NATO allies and deter any actions that destabilize regional security.

“Today’s homecoming is great.” said Hinds. “But we won’t really be home until everyone returns from Europe.”