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442d Fighter Wing returns from deployment

A woman leaps into the arms of her returning Airman as he approaches the waiting families outside the 5-bay.

Nearly 250 Airmen from the 442d Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., returned home from a deployment to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, April 21, 2018. The 442 FW has deployed to Afghanistan six times since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bob Jennings)

An Airman picks up his two daughters while a line of returning Airmen approach behind him.

Nearly 250 Airmen from the 442d Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., returned home from a deployment to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, April 21, 2018. The 442 FW has deployed to Afghanistan six times since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bob Jennings)

A line of Airmen walk along Flightling Road to where their families await, just outside the 5-Bay.

Nearly 250 Airmen from the 442d Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., returned home from a deployment to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, April 21, 2018. The 442 FW has deployed to Afghanistan six times since Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bob Jennings)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --

On Saturday afternoon, the 442nd Fighter Wing welcomed back the wing’s main body of deployed Reserve Citizen Airmen, who recently returned from a 90-day deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The group was originally intended to support Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, but was notified of the change a month before their arrival in Kandahar. The wing’s mission included providing close air support to U.S. forces embedded with Afghan ground teams.