Tinker Reservists to return from Southwest Asia

Senior Airman Harlan Smith, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron kisses his daughter and embraces his girlfriend prior to departing for a deployment to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Smith joined 93 other Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma who deployed prior to the holiday December 13, 2016.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Senior Airman Harlan Smith, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron kisses his daughter and embraces his girlfriend prior to departing for a deployment to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Smith joined 93 other Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma who deployed prior to the holiday December 13, 2016. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing here are scheduled to return home today after supporting deployed air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group.

 

An additional group of Airmen is scheduled to return from deployment on Sunday, Feb. 19.

 

Four KC-135R Stratotankers from Tinker AFB and more than 90 Airmen provided air refueling support to U.S. and NATO aircraft operating in U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility from Dec. 13 to Feb. 16.

 

The four deployed aircraft executed more than 1,100 combat support hours during the deployment, and refueled B-2 Spirit, F-15E Strike Eagle, A-10 Warthogs and other various aircraft while providing direct maintenance support for multiple KC-135s.

 

The 507th ARW is the largest Air Force Reserve Command flying unit in the state of Oklahoma and the majority of Airmen returning live and work in Oklahoma permanently as Reservists. The wing regularly deploys in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with the next large deployment set for this summer.

 

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