Loved ones welcome home 815th reservists

By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Reservists with the 815th air crew from the 403rd wing at Keesler returned Monday from a four month deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anxious family members waited on the flight line as three C-130 J-30s flew overhead with reservists on board. The 815th left in September and logged 2,500 hours of flying airlift missions.

"I sure miss him," one waiting wife said with teary eyes. "It's going to be great to see him again."

A mother who spent the last four months worrying about her son said, "I see the news on TV and I can barely stand to watch it. I'm glad he's coming home."

The moment the reservists stepped off the plane, family members rushed into their arms. Hugs and kisses were the rule of the day.

While in the war zone, the reservists performed masterfully.

"We stayed busy seven days a week, no holidays," Col. Keith Bishop with the 403rd Wing said. "We set every record of C-130s at our deployed locations that has ever been flown before. No one has ever hauled or air dropped more equipment, personnel or cargo as we did in our four month deployment."

The reservists also delivered care packages to troops over the holidays. The packages were put together at Keesler Air Force Base.

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