CAMP MURRAY, WA – Citizen-Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard’s 111th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) will be honored at a redeployment ceremony this Saturday, December 7th at 2pm inside French Theatre on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Approximately 25 airmen from the 111th ASOS will receive recognition and be honored for their combat duty to Kabul, Afghanistan from February 2013 to September 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit had returned home at the end of September but was unable to celebrate their return until now.
“The 111th represented the state of Washington with great pride over the last six months,” said Major General Bret Daugherty, the state’s adjutant general. “I am proud of the unit, the leadership and each citizen-airman that served in Afghanistan.”
The 111th ASOS is part of the Washington Air National Guard’s 194th Wing. Their mission in Afghanistan was to serve as the Air Support Operations Center. The ASOC serves as the primary control agency for execution of air and space power in direct support of land operations, and acts as a liaison between Air Force and Army elements. The deployed ASOC was primarily manned by members from the Washington Air National Guard, with help from Active Duty personnel and members of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force ASOC.
Their pre-deployment training began in the fall of 2012 and included events in Germany, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray. This deployment marks the unit’s third deployment, including prior missions in 2004 and 2007.
The citizen-soldiers and airmen of the Washington National Guard are dedicated to the mission of safeguarding lives and property in Washington State, and serving as sentinels for freedom overseas.