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Squadron will return to SJAFB on Tuesday

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on January 4, 2010 1:46 PM

Members of the 335th Chiefs will begin returning to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon, 4th Fighter Wing officials confirmed earlier today.

And by the middle of the month, all of them -- hundreds of aviators, maintainers and support staff -- will be back from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

The Chiefs' tour lasted just more than four months, but the aircraft they were launching in the desert -- the 4th's F-15E Strike Eagle fleet that also will be returning within the next few weeks -- have been at Bagram for nearly a year.

The airmen left Goldsboro in late August to relieve their sister squadron, the 336th Rocketeers. Their mission: To provide a 24/7 air power presence over Afghanistan in support of Coalition forces on the ground -- escorting convoys, responding to troops-in-contact calls with shows of force, and, when necessary, eliminating enemy threats.

For complete coverage of the Chiefs' homecoming, see Wednesday's News-Argus and click www.NewsArgus.com Tuesday evening.