New Jersey National Guard Airmen Depart For Middle East

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Several members of the 108th Force Support Squadron, New Jersey Air National Guard, say their good-byes to families, friends and colleagues March 29 here during a farewell ceremony at the 108th Wing headquarters. From left to right, Staff Sgts. Demetrius Reyes, Westampton; Levar Kinard, Mounty Holly; Senior Airmen Andre Jackson, Willingboro; Cristin Campos, Trenton; Tech. Sgt. David McDonald, Hainesport; Staff Sgt. Saywonza Cuevas, Orange; Airman 1st Class Paula Daniels, Easton, Pa; Senior Airmen Folami Shorter, Glassboro; and Darnell Holmes, Lumberton. The Airmen will deploy to the Middle East for a six-month tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to provide services support at lodging, fitness, morale and dining facilities there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Armando Vasquez, 108WG/PA)

Several members of the 108th Force Support Squadron, New Jersey Air National Guard, say their good-byes to families, friends and colleagues March 29 here during a farewell ceremony at the 108th Wing headquarters. From left to right, Staff Sgts. Demetrius Reyes, Westampton; Levar Kinard, Mounty Holly; Senior Airmen Andre Jackson, Willingboro; Cristin Campos, Trenton; Tech. Sgt. David McDonald, Hainesport; Staff Sgt. Saywonza Cuevas, Orange; Airman 1st Class Paula Daniels, Easton, Pa; Senior Airmen Folami Shorter, Glassboro; and Darnell Holmes, Lumberton. The Airmen will deploy to the Middle East for a six-month tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to provide services support at lodging, fitness, morale and dining facilities there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Armando Vasquez, 108WG/PA)

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST – Amid family, friends, colleagues and senior leadership, the 108th Wing bid farewell to several Airmen from the 108th Force Support Squadron here today.

The 108th FSS Airmen will be deploying on a six-month tour to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Col. Kevin J. Keehn, 108th WG commander, thanked the families of the Airmen and reminded them of the family support available to them while their loved ones are deployed overseas.

“Thank you for letting us take them away from you for a little while,” said Keehn to the family members. “Don’t be bashful to call for help. We have a family support program here, people in your squadrons and at all levels that can help.”

In addition, Keehn asked the Airmen to look out after one another and thanked them for supporting this mission.

The 108th FSS Airmen will first depart to Virginia and then will fly Saturday to the Middle East to begin their mission.

During the six-month mission, the 108 FSS Airmen will be lodging and feeding all members on the base, working at the fitness center, and also providing off-duty recreational programs for all base personnel.


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