Wing members return from deployment to Djibouti

Alaska Air National Guardsman Maj. Matthew Harper, with the 210th Rescue Squadron, poses for a photo with his family at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, June 12. Harper, along with 15 additional Guardsmen from the 176th Operations Group, the 210th Rescue Squadron, the 211th Rescue Squadron and the 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, returned from a four month deployment to Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton/released)

Alaska Air National Guardsman Maj. Matthew Harper, with the 210th Rescue Squadron, poses for a photo with his family at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, June 12. Harper, along with 15 additional Guardsmen from the 176th Operations Group, the 210th Rescue Squadron, the 211th Rescue Squadron and the 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, returned from a four month deployment to Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton/released)

Alaska Air National Guardsman Maj. Andrew Williams, 176th Wing Operations Group, is greeted by Col. Charles Stevenson, vice commander of the 176th Wing, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on June 12,2015. Williams, along with 15 other Guardsmen from the 210th Rescue Squadron, the 211th Rescue Squadron and the 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, returned from a four-month deployment to Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton/released)

Alaska Air National Guardsman Maj. Andrew Williams, 176th Wing Operations Group, is greeted by Col. Charles Stevenson, vice commander of the 176th Wing, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on June 12,2015. Williams, along with 15 other Guardsmen from the 210th Rescue Squadron, the 211th Rescue Squadron and the 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, returned from a four-month deployment to Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton/released)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Approximately 16 members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing returned here June 12, after a four-month deployment to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Guardsmen from the 210th Rescue Squadron, 211th Rescue Squadron, 176th Operations Group and the 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron deployed in January to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti as part of 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron.

Their primary mission there was to provide a personnel-recover force for the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa mission.

Along with personnel from the 176th Wing, the deployed unit took with them several HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters which belong to the 210th Rescue Squadron. The primary mission of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters is to conduct day or night personnel recovery operations in hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. The HH-60 is also tasked to perform military operations other than war, including civil search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance.

Also deployed with the rescue personnel and aircraft were a host of maintenance and support personnel to provide support for the mission.
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