Air Guard firefighters return home from Iraq Friday

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Thirteen Wyoming Air National Guard firefighters will return to Cheyenne's Wyoming Air National Guard base Friday, after more than four months in Iraq, around 2:30 p.m.

While in Balad, Iraq, the firefighters, members of the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron, trained Iraqi firefighters on hazardous material response, emergency medical technician response and aircraft crash recovery, among others.

The emergency medical technician course was the first one held at the Balad airport, said Master Sgt. Richard Cruz, the unit's first sergeant. While there, the group also responded to more than 380 emergency calls.

Just the facts:
  • 13 Wyoming Air National Guard firefighters return from Iraq, Friday at 2:30 p.m., to the Wyoming Air National Guard dining facility.
  • The Airmen were deployed for more than 120 days training Iraqi firefighters.
  • People wishing to attend the return need to RSVP no later than 10 a.m. Friday, for access to the base, by calling 307-631-4153.