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Utah Air Force members return home after being deployed in February

Justin Cron

After being deployed to Germany back in February, nearly 300 airmen have returned home to Utah.

Members of the 388th & Reserve 419th Fighter Wings returned to Utah on Monday night after being deployed to support NATO during the Russia-Ukraine war. About a dozen F-35A Lightning II jets were deployed to Germany with not just pilots, but hundreds of mechanics and support personnel as well.

Col. Craig Andrle, 388th Fighter Wing Commander, says that he couldn’t be prouder of the airmen in his wing. Andrle says that it’s always tough on families when airmen deploy but everybody got out the door fast with short notice.

Currently, NATO isn’t fully dialing back on military support in the United States as personnel from the Vermont Air National Guard will take the place of the Utah airmen.

Jared Gereau is pursuing a Journalism major with an emphasis in Social Media at Utah State University. He is planning on using his experience to pursue a career with USU Athletics sometime after he graduates. In his free time, Jared enjoys watching movies, playing games and creating content for his YouTube channel.