BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 300 Colorado airmen and women in the Colorado National Guard returned home Sunday after four months in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

(credit: Jared Polis)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis greeted them at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. He says it was an honor and a privilege to welcome them home.

The troops had been flying and maintaining F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield. Their mission was to promote efforts to strengthen Afghan security forces, and to build partnerships with Afghan military members through combat air support for U.S. and coalition ground forces.


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