Deployed Security Forces airmen returned safely to Michigan

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Twenty seven members of the 127th Security Forces Squadron stationed here returned from deployment today after a six month tour supporting the 447th Air Expeditionary Group at Camp Sather, Baghdad International Airport, Iraq. They were greeted by family and friends at the Base Chapel's Community Center. In all, 41 Airmen from the 127th Wing left on the deployment last August, and all have now returned without incident.

During this deployment the Michigan Air Guardsmen performed air base ground defense duties guarding people, resources and assets while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Their duties consisted of quick reactionary force measures, perimeter security, and flightline security.

The 447th AEG was activated at Baghdad International Airport in April 2003, after elements of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division captured the airport April 4 of the same year. The base was named Sather Air Base on April 8, 2005 in honor of Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, who was killed two years prior in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Sather, of Clio, Mich., was an Air Force Special Operations combat controller serving with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.