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Thu April 9, 2009
Air Guard members return home
By Renny MacKay
Laramie, WY – About 200 members of the Wyoming Air National Guard are returning from Afghanistan this week. They were based at the Bagram base for a month and a half, supporting the Army. Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Champlin led a squadron of about 200 people and seven C-130 planes.
"Our main responsibility is transporting equipment, food, supplies, ammo, whatever the Army needs we transport it," he says. "The capability of the C-130 is that we can land at very small runways and austere locations where the Army is actually taking the fight or the war is actually taking place."
While the Wyoming Air Guard was at Bagram, a car bomb went off on the outskirts of the base. But Champlin says they weren't in any danger during that attack, and the security at the base was very good. He says their next deployment will likely come in about a year and a half.