Delaware National Guard unit welcomed home from Africa


NEW CASTLE, DELAWARE (2/8/2016) Eight members of the Delaware National Guard were welcomed home Sunday after a nine-month assignment in the Horn of Africa.

Detachment 7 of the Army Guard’s Operational Support Airlift Agency was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Horn of Africa to transport personnel and supplies to remote locations.

They completed over 300 missions with a  total of more than 1,100 flight hours.

“We are thrilled to have these soldiers home safely in Delaware,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard. “They operated in one of the most unstable regions of the world and contributed greatly to maintaining our United States national interests.”

The detachment, headquartered at the Guard base near New Castle where the ceremony was held, has just under 32,000 flight hours.