75 RI National Guard Members Coming Home from Afghanistan

With their mission complete, Rhode Island National Guard troops will touch down in the U.S. 25 at a time with the last group returning Mother's Day. ABC6 has more from the RI National Guard…


75 Members of the 143d Airlift Wing Complete Mission

CRANSTON, RI – Major General Robert T. Bray, Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard announced today that members of the 143d Airlift Wing began to arrive back home yesterday after completing two 60-day rotations in Afghanistan.   Approximately 25 members returned yesterday to Quonset Point, another 25 members will return tomorrow and the final plane carrying 25 members will return on Sunday, Mother's Day.

The first rotation of Airmen departed Quonset Point two days after Christmas and since then approximately 140 Rhode Island Airmen and four Rhode Island C-130J Aircraft have supported air operations in Afghanistan including troop and cargo transport.

“These airman have been flying missions throughout Afghanistan in the most demanding environment possible,” stated Colonel Larry Gallogly, Commander of the 143d Airlift Wing .  “Their efforts had a direct impact on providing security for the Afghan people and critical supplies to our ground forces. Once again these airmen have distinguished themselves as true heroes who give selflessly to our State and Nation. I greatly appreciate the sacrifice they and their families continue to make and could not be more proud of their accomplishments.”

Media is invited to attend the Friday and Sunday returns at the 143d Dining Facility at Quonset Point at approximately 1:00 P.M.  Please contact Lt Col Bruce Fletcher for more information.