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August 28, 2003

Lowndes Co.--  All 162 members of Moody's 822nd Security Forces Squadron are home from the war. The 822nd Security Forces Squadron has been deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East for almost six months.

Thursday, they were welcomed home by hundreds of anxious family and friends.

The group was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and provided base and airfield security. They left the Middle East around 2:00PM Wednesday morning, and after stopping in Rome and New York, arrived at Moody on a commercial jet around 3:30 this afternoon.

After a long, hot stay in the desert, the airmen say finally being back with family and friends is an indescribable feeling. "I can't even put it into words.... I never realized how much I'd miss them," said one Airman.

"I realize how special my family is and I'd do it all over again to protect them and the freedoms we have here," said another.

 The airmen will have two weeks of leave for some much needed rest and relaxation before they have to return to work.

posted at 5:05PM by dave.miller@walb.com