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Senior Airman Brandy Hill of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs her son Lukas following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Brandy Hill of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs her son Lukas following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Morgan Marriott of the 507th Maintenance Squadron hugs her daughter following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Morgan Marriott of the 507th Maintenance Squadron hugs her daughter following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Brandy Hill of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs her son Lukas following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Brandy Hill of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs her son Lukas following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Kevin Teague of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron holds his son, Aiden, while being interviewed by local media following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Kevin Teague of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron holds his son, Aiden, while being interviewed by local media following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Brandy Hill of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs her husband, Raymond, following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Brandy Hill of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs her husband, Raymond, following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Shannon Hielscher of the 507th Maintenance Squadron hugs his wife and daughter following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Shannon Hielscher of the 507th Maintenance Squadron hugs his wife and daughter following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Master Sgt. Durk Smith of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs his wife following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Master Sgt. Durk Smith of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs his wife following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Tyler Franz of the 507th Operations Support Squadron hugs his family members following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Franz was awarded the 507th Air Refueling Wing Airman of the Year award for 2016 while he was deployed. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Tyler Franz of the 507th Operations Support Squadron hugs his family members following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Franz was awarded the 507th Air Refueling Wing Airman of the Year award for 2016 while he was deployed. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Cornell of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron reunites with his  family following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Cornell of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron reunites with his family following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Adrian Condit of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Staff Sgt. Mykal Short of the 507th Maintenance Squadron embrace their family members following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Staff Sgt. Adrian Condit of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Staff Sgt. Mykal Short of the 507th Maintenance Squadron embrace their family members following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Senior Airman Nathalie Hamilton, a crew chief with the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, opens her arms to hug her mother following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Senior Airman Nathalie Hamilton, a crew chief with the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, opens her arms to hug her mother following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Friends and family members await the arrival of their Airmen following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Friends and family members await the arrival of their Airmen following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Racheal Geary and her children Courtney and Jacob await the arrival of her husband, Maj. Jason Geary, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Racheal Geary and her children Courtney and Jacob await the arrival of her husband, Maj. Jason Geary, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Aiden Teague holds a sign while waiting for his father, Senior Airman Kevin Teague of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, to come from a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Aiden Teague holds a sign while waiting for his father, Senior Airman Kevin Teague of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, to come from a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Brittany Webb of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs her daughter, Malina, as her sons, Isaiah and Gaberiel, look on following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Staff Sgt. Brittany Webb of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron hugs her daughter, Malina, as her sons, Isaiah and Gaberiel, look on following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Morgan Marriott of the 507th Maintenance Squadron opens her arms to greet her daughter following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Staff Sgt. Morgan Marriott of the 507th Maintenance Squadron opens her arms to greet her daughter following a deployment Feb. 19, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Brem of the 507th Maintenance Squadron reunites with his family following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 other Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Brem of the 507th Maintenance Squadron reunites with his family following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 other Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Tech. Sgt. Jose Martinez of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and his wife, Cecilia, embrace following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Tech. Sgt. Jose Martinez of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and his wife, Cecilia, embrace following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Kevin Thomson, a crew chief with the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, kisses his wife Nancy following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Staff Sgt. Kevin Thomson, a crew chief with the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, kisses his wife Nancy following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Swinehart reunites with his family following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Staff Sgt. Daniel Swinehart reunites with his family following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Family members wait patiently to reunite with their Airmen following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Family members wait patiently to reunite with their Airmen following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Tim Hardy of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hugs his wife following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Staff Sgt. Tim Hardy of the 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hugs his wife following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Reservists from the 507th Air Refueling Wing return home following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 other Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Reservists from the 507th Air Refueling Wing return home following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 other Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Padilla of the 507th Operations Support Squadron embraces his wife following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Padilla of the 507th Operations Support Squadron embraces his wife following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Swinehart reunites with his family following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)
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Staff Sgt. Daniel Swinehart reunites with his family following a deployment Feb. 17, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. More than 90 Reservists deployed in December 2016 in support of air operations at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, against the Islamic State group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

More than 90 Citizen Airmen and four KC-135R Stratotankers from the 507th Air Refueling Wing here returned home Feb. 17 and 19 after supporting deployed air operations against the Islamic State group at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

The Reservists provided air refueling support to U.S. and coalition forces operating in U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility for Operation Inherent Resolve from Dec. 13, 2016, to Feb. 16.

The 507th’s fleet logged more than 1,100 combat support hours during the deployment, while refueling the B-2 Spirit, the F-15E Strike Eagle, the A-10 Warthog and other various aircraft while providing direct maintenance support for multiple KC-135s and other aircraft stationed at Incirlik Air Base. 

The Oklahoma Citizen Airmen joined a team of active duty, guard and Reserve Airmen from nine different bases, making up the 447th Air Expeditionary Group. The total force group became familiar with a multitude of airframes in order to work effectively with different nations.

Senior Airman Jennifer Wagoner of the 507th Maintenance Group said that working with different cultures was a great part of the deployment.

“I’m really thankful for our country, our team and what we did in our missions,” Wagoner said. “We were all very excited to come home. It didn’t really hit us until the pilots announced to the plane, ‘35 minutes out, get everything ready.’” 

Being separated from family during the holidays is a challenge, but Wagoner’s husband, Ronnie, said that frequent communication was key while his wife was away. 

“We even invested in the international text plan so we could talk,” Ronnie said. “We are just glad she’s home.”

The expeditionary maintenance unit worked around the clock in 12-hour shifts, working together on more than just the KC-135s. They also regularly provided support to fighter, cargo and bomber aircraft maintenance teams.    

“It was a good trip,” said Tech. Sgt. Shannon Hielscher of the 507th Maintenance Squadron. “We had a lot of really good people to work with while working some really long hours.”  

The 507th ARW is the largest Air Force Reserve Command flying unit in the state of Oklahoma, and the wing’s Reservists primarily live and work in the state. The wing regularly deploys in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with the next large deployment scheduled for this summer.