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Pope Peacekeepers Return Home To Hugs, Happy Families

Posted October 29, 2001

— Three C-130 troop transport planes and their crews returned to Pope Air Force Base Monday afternoon.

Although the airmen are unable to give specific details, they did confirm part of their two-month mission overseas was spent supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

After spending 60 days away from family and friends, airmen from Pope's 2nd Airlift Squadron of were welcomed home with open arms.

"My heart was pumping when I looked out to see my boy running to me. It was a great feeling," says Capt. Brian Polser.

"My boys and I have missed him for two months now, so to have him home again makes our family complete," says Polser's wife, Kym.

The airmen are part of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force which was sent to support peace keeping missions in the Balkans, Bosnia and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

The airmen were deployed on August 25 -- two weeks before the country was changed forever by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Like soldiers at Fort Bragg, the airmen were put on standby immediately after the terrorist attacks.


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