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Happy Hooligans welcome home Airmen

Fargo, N.D. -- The 119th Wing, N.D. Air National Guard will welcome 13 Airmen returning home from Kuwait on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ten Airmen are scheduled to arrive at Hector IAP on Wednesday, Jan. 7th on Northwest Flight #1835 at 12:20 pm.

Three Airmen are scheduled to arrive at Hector IAP on Thursday, Jan. 8th on Northwest flight # 1835 at 12:20 pm.

The Airmen are part of the 119th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and deployed to Ali Al Air Base in Kuwait in September 2008.

The following Airmen will return on Wednesday:

1st Lt. Matt Tronnes, Lake Park, Minn., repaired back-up power systems and created electrical schematics. Senior Master Sgt. Bryan Hagen, Fargo, supervised the base structures shop. Master Sgt. Bryan Jacobson, Fargo, served as an engineering assistant. Master Sgt. Scott Wagner, Pelican Rapids, Minn., served in the heavy equipment shop.

Master Sgt. Brian Laney, Prairie Rose, N.D., worked as the supervisor of the material control and self-help shops. Master Sgt. Tim McDowell, Dilworth, Minn., manned the customer service section and Master Sgt. John Gobel, Detroit Lakes, Minn., supervised the base utilities shop. Tech.Sgt. Dan Anderson, Audubon, Minn., supervised the base power production shop. Staff Sgt. Jeff Roerick, Bismarck, N.D., worked in the entomology shop and Senior Airman Justin Gall, Bismarck, N.D., worked in the heavy equipment shop.

The following Airmen will return on Thursday:

Chief Master Sgt. Ben Bush, Argusville, N.D., led the group as the Chief of Operations for Civil Engineering at the base. Senior Master Sgt. Rod Draeger, West Fargo, N.D., served as the supervisor of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning shop. Master Sgt. Duane Kangas, Moorhead, Minn., worked as the first sergeant for the Civil Engineer Squadron.

Five Happy Hooligans from the 119th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Communications Flight remain in Kuwait. They are expected to return home later this month.

The public is invited to show their appreciation by cheering home the Airmen at the airport.

For more information about this press release, please contact Capt. Penny Ripperger at 701-451-2194.

For information on current flight times, please call the Hector IAP automated information center at: 701-241-8168.

What: N.D. Air National Guard Airmen returning home

When: Wednesday and Thursday January 7 & 8, 2009, NW Flight #1835 at 12:20 p.m. for both flights.

Where: Hector International Airport


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