Valdosta Daily Times

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December 17, 2013

Home for Christmas

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE — With little more than a week before Christmas, approximately 150 airmen with the 823rd Base Defense Squadron returned home Monday morning to South Georgia.

Family and friends gathered to greet the airmen who are part of the security forces unit within the 93rd Air Ground Operation Wing. The airmen have spent the past six months deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

The 93rd AGOW conducts offensive and defensive ground combat operations to protect expeditionary aerospace forces with an airborne capability, according to Moody Air Force Base. At a moment’s notice, they provide worldwide deployable, “first-in,” fully integrated, multi-disciplined capabilities and provide the joint force commander airborne, air-mobile, air-land, and over-land insertion capability, and remain the joint expert on integration of air power and combat weather support to ground forces.

They also provide Joint Force Commanders with expertise on the integration of air power and extend the Theater Air Control System for the Joint Forces Air Component Commander.

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