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11/10/05

Deployment Scheme Changing for Air Guardsmen

More local troops are back from Iraq tonight. Members of the 165th Air National Guard landed at Travis Air Field this afternoon.

Deployed into hostile territory, these Guardsmen have been spending a lot of time away from their loved ones over the past three years. "Out of the 950 people we've had, 633 have done a rotation, some have done as many as five," said Col. Tom Moore.

As families become reunited once again, the mission these Airmen have been on has been a nonstop ordeal since March of 2003. Many are deployed for two months, then come home for two months, only to be deploy again.

But this continuous mission is all about to change. They'll soon be home for 15 months at a time and their deployments will only last about four months.

"Every 60 days we've been going and coming for the last three years, so it's going to be a good change," said Col. Moore.

A change that will keep these men and woman safe and back at home with their loved ones.

The 165th's continuous mission will wrap up by the end of the year. Then the deployments will be strictly volunteer. And from what we've been told, there's no short supply of those.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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