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117th Air Control Squadron returns to Savannah

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The deployed airmen of the 117th Air Control Squadron (ACS) have returned to Savannah after spending approximately the last six months in Southwest Asia controlling the skies above the theater of operations.  

The local unit deployed to the region last November, continuing their exceptional legacy of air support for military air operations throughout the world. The 117 ACS is an integral element of the Georgia Air National Guard.

For the families, the wait has not always been easy. 

"I will be honest, there were times when I didn't think I could, but we did! We are all ok, and now we can just focus on being so happy he is home," said Cheri Daly, whose husband had been deployed. 

"We go to ball games and stuff, and it's is always me and my dad going out to dinner and stuff," said Anna Daly, the oldest of four children.

It was a homecoming with a lot of surprises. One soldier got to meet his daughter for the first time. She was born in March. 

"I just have been waiting for this moment for 6 months, and I am just so excited. I am never letting her go," said Capt. Kevin McKay.

Another soldier wasted no time to reveal his plans of an engagement to his girlfriend. 

"I pretty much had it planned when I left. This could not be a better day. This is the best day of my entire life," said Sgt. Ben Grewe.

Since Sep. 11, 2001, the 117 ACS has been in near constant deployment mode with elements of their squadron serving numerous deployments throughout the theater of operations, controlling military aircraft much like the air traffic controllers do in the United States.  

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