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Colo. National Guard Soldiers to be welcomed home from Kuwait 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
2-135 GSAB return 
Colorado National Guard senior leaders greet members of the 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation as the Soldiers step off a plane at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., June 14, 2013. The battalion was deployed in Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Paul Labbe/Released)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CONTACT:
Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/19/13) – Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation will be honored at a welcome home ceremony at 2 p.m. today at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver.

Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Eric Monteith and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Ferris invite all friends, families and employers to join in celebrating 2-135th GSAB’s safe return from Kuwait, where the Soldiers were deployed as part of two Combat Aviation Brigades in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Speakers and distinguished guests will include Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Colorado Army National Guard commander Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella, Colo. National Guard leadership. 

The 2-135th GSAB and its sister units within the two CABs represented Citizen-Soldiers from nine different states, along with active-duty and reserve components.

While deployed, the 2-135th played a significant role in more than 3,000 flight missions, accounting for more than 9,800 hours of flight moving 9,658 passengers and more than 825,000 pounds of cargo. The unit also helped transport nearly 5,600 distinguished visitors.

Army aviators assigned to the Santa Fe Trail ring route transported more than 4,500 passengers between Camp Buehring and Arijan, saving many passengers hours of traveling on congested – and at times dangerous – road networks.

CAB medevac companies completed 234 medevac missions, four mass casualty rehearsals and exercises, more than 25 medevac training iterations, and logged more than 765 hours.

On three separate expeditionary partnership missions, Task-Force Blackjack forward deployed to three additional countries, all while sustaining flight operations in Kuwait.

For Assignment Editors: Media interested in attending should arrive at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum no later than 1:30 p.m. The museum is located at 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver, Colo., 80230-6929.

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