Ellsworth Airmen receive warm welcome after 6 months overseas - KOTA Territory News

Ellsworth Airmen receive warm welcome after 6 months overseas


It's been six long months since families of nearly 200 Ellsworth Airmen have last seen their loved ones.

As the Airmen and women stepped off the plane into the cold and windy South Dakota weather, their family and friends provided a warm welcome.

"That was my best experience, getting off and seeing people actually cared you know, because we are over there sacrificing for everybody so it's a big thing to know that somebody cares about us," said Yuri McMurray, Airmen First Class.

"Well I just stopped crying a few minutes ago. So it's great to see my wife, son and daughter, to hold them again and be with them", said David York, Senior Master Sergeant.

The Airmen and women return home from a six month deployment in Southwest Asia.

While there they supported missions by providing air presence, surveillance, and building munitions.

"We would build 500 pound bombs and 2,000 pound bombs and they would drop them on the enemy. And we would replenish them and give them any specific munitions they needed for any specific missions," said York.

Although they were a long way from home, the Airmen say they stuck together and leaned on one another for support.

"As the deployment went on it went really well, we helped each other when our families were not present and I think that's the biggest thing, the camaraderie of us all coming together during the deployment. It was a great thing for me to experience that as an Airman," said McMurray.

While the airmen say it was a successful mission; they are excited to be back in South Dakota.

"Oh yes, yes, yes, I'm very excited," said McMurray.

"It was long and everybody there missed our families. It's great to be back," said York.

Approximately 350 Airmen were deployed last weekend to Southwest Asia to pick up where these Airmen left off.

The Airmen say their primary focus is on providing stability to the Afghan people.

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