192nd Fighter Wing Airmen return from Middle East deployment

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)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – More than 70 Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing’s 192nd Maintenance Group and 149th Fighter Squadron returned to Langley Air Force Base Oct. 12, 2017, after a six-month deployment to the Middle East. During their deployment, F-22 Raptors participated in Operation Inherent Resolve against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“We’re proud of the work our Airmen have done and are continuing to do,” said 192nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. Frank J. Lobash. “These citizen Airmen are your neighbors in the community that, on a moment’s notice, get the call to serve our nation. This is why we do what we do every day in the Virginia Air National Guard and keep our Airmen ready and trained to make the mission happen.”

The 192nd FW deployed together with personnel from the 1st Fighter Wing’s 27th Fighter Squadron and the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. The 192nd Intelligence Squadron supported the effort at Langley Air Force Base, providing battle damage assessments and other intelligence to the team on the ground.

“When we go to combat, it is truly a total force effort with our 192nd FW partners,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jason T. Hinds, 1st FW Commander.

Some F-22s remained in Europe as part of the European Deterrence Initiative.

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.

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)