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Air Guard firefighters return home from Iraq Friday

A Great Lakes Aviation aircraft taxis through a water arch, supplied by fire trucks from the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo. The commercial aircraft is carrying 11 members of the 153 CES home from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq and was given a special home coming via their fellow firefighters who protect and serve the Wyoming Air National Guard base and the Cheyenne Regional Airport. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

A Great Lakes Aviation aircraft taxis through a water arch, supplied by fire trucks from the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo. The commercial aircraft is carrying 11 members of the 153 CES home from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq and was given a special home coming via their fellow firefighters who protect and serve the Wyoming Air National Guard base and the Cheyenne Regional Airport. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

Firefighters from the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron welcome home 11 of their fellow firefighters from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2011. The firefighters are all members of the 153 CES, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

Firefighters from the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron welcome home 11 of their fellow firefighters from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2011. The firefighters are all members of the 153 CES, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

Firefighters from the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron welcome home 11 of their fellow firefighters from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2011. The firefighters are all members of the 153 CES, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

Firefighters from the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron welcome home 11 of their fellow firefighters from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2011. The firefighters are all members of the 153 CES, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead welcomes home 11 Wyoming Air National Guard firefighters from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2011. The firefighters are all members of the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron, WyANG, Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead welcomes home 11 Wyoming Air National Guard firefighters from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2011. The firefighters are all members of the 153rd Civil Engineering Squadron, WyANG, Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead welcomes home 11 Wyoming Air National Guard firefighters from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2011. The firefighters are all members of the 153rd Civil Engineer Squadron, WyANG, Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead welcomes home 11 Wyoming Air National Guard firefighters from a 120-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2011. The firefighters are all members of the 153rd Civil Engineering Squadron, WyANG, Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Mann)(Released)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- 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.