Monday, March 15, 2010

Four Oregon airmen who helped with earthquake recover efforts in Haiti scheduled to return home tomorrow

Four of our fellow Oregon Air National Guard members who volunteered to go to Haiti to assist with post-earthquake relief and recovery efforts there are coming home tomorrow.

The four are members of the 123rd Weather Flight--a tenant unit of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing at the Portland Air National Guard Base.

The team, comprised of 2nd Lt. Mark Gibson, Master Sgt. Ken Campbell, Tech. Sgt. Michael Fischer, and Staff Sgt. Matt Jenkins, will return to the Portland International Airport via commercial flight, at 2:30 p.m.

We've been following their mission down there (see the post just below this one and the other post on Feb. 22), and by all accounts, through their work has oftentimes been grim, it has been rewarding, said team leader Campbell.

They were supposed to spend six months deployed to Haiti, but because of the accelerated rotation and redployment of the 24th Air Expeditionary Group (the unit our guys were attached to down there), and the ongoing transfer of authority to civilian agencies, we'll see them sooner rather than later.

If you have a chance, head out to the airport tomorrow to give them a hearty welcome home. I'm sure we'll be looking forward to their stories for some time to come.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

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