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Security Forces Airmen return from Deployment

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron are welcomed back to Oregon at the Portland International Airport after their recent deployment, Aug. 8, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron are welcomed back to Oregon at the Portland International Airport after their recent deployment, Aug. 8, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron are welcomed back to Oregon at the Portland International Airport after their recent deployment, Aug. 8, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron are welcomed back to Oregon at the Portland International Airport after their recent deployment, Aug. 8, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron are welcomed back to Oregon at the Portland International Airport after their recent deployment, Aug. 8, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron are welcomed back to Oregon at the Portland International Airport after their recent deployment, Aug. 8, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron are welcomed back to Oregon at the Portland International Airport after their recent deployment, Aug. 8, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron are welcomed back to Oregon at the Portland International Airport after their recent deployment, Aug. 8, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Oregon Assistant Adjutant General for Air, addresses leaders of the Oregon National Guard and the 142nd Fighter Wing 142nd Security Forces Squadron in attendance during the in processing for the 142nd SFS at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Oregon Assistant Adjutant General for Air, addresses leaders of the Oregon National Guard and the 142nd Fighter Wing 142nd Security Forces Squadron in attendance during the in processing for the 142nd SFS at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General (right) thanks family support coordinators Tammy Davis (left) and Anndi Moore (center) for their volunteer efforts in support of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron during their recent deployment after he addressed the group at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General (right) thanks family support coordinators Tammy Davis (left) and Anndi Moore (center) for their volunteer efforts in support of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron during their recent deployment after he addressed the group at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Air National Guard Col. Rick Wedan, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander (center-right) listens to Tech. Sgt. Daniel Mace (far-right), Staff Sgt. James Kalmback (left) and Tech. Sgt. Steven Davis (center-left) of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, during an in processing USO event held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Air National Guard Col. Rick Wedan, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander (center-right) listens to Tech. Sgt. Daniel Mace (far-right), Staff Sgt. James Kalmback (left) and Tech. Sgt. Steven Davis (center-left) of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, during an in processing USO event held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (center) takes time to talk with a group of Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron during a USO event held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (center) takes time to talk with a group of Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron during a USO event held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General, talk with Staff Sgt. Matthew Ritchie (far right) and other members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron during a USO event as part of their in processing at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013.  (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel (left), Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General, talk with Staff Sgt. Matthew Ritchie (far right) and other members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron during a USO event as part of their in processing at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General (right) discusses aspects of the recent deployment by Tech. Sgt.  Daniel Mace and Senior Airman Benjamin Courtney (left) during a USO event held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)
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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon Adjutant General (right) discusses aspects of the recent deployment by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Mace and Senior Airman Benjamin Courtney (left) during a USO event held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell speaks to the Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces during their in processing actions at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013.  A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)
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Oregon Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell speaks to the Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces during their in processing actions at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Clifton Matthews, 142nd Fighter Wing Medical Group, prepares to take a blood samples from Staff Sgt. Rockney Schock, (right) and Senior Airmen Benjamin Courtney (left), 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, as part of the in processing procedures at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013.  (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)
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Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Clifton Matthews, 142nd Fighter Wing Medical Group, prepares to take a blood samples from Staff Sgt. Rockney Schock, (right) and Senior Airmen Benjamin Courtney (left), 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, as part of the in processing procedures at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore., -- After more than six months deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 26 members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron returned here to the excitement of family members, friends and co-workers, who were on hand to greet them.

The Airmen departed for Al Udeid, Qatar in early Jan. of this year after pre-deployment training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Speaking to the members as they began their in processing phase, Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Oregon Assistant Adjutant GeneralĀ - Air, addressed the Airmen and related his experience at Qatar, having been deployed there a year before.

"It feels especially good to welcome you back having gone through that exact experience," he said.

As part of their assignment of providing 24/7 protection, members separated into different shifts and sectors, covering flightline security, base patrol, vehicle search areas and supply.

"I can already tell that you have matured and gone through many challenges during your time away," said Stencel.

Talking about all of the new changes within the Oregon National Guard since their deployment, Stencel introduced the new Oregon Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson to the Airmen. Hokanson officially took over for Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, who retired on July 31.

"Your reputation precedes you, having had Gen. Rees tell me everything about your work prior to going into this deployment," said Hokanson.

Working on multiple mission sets, the group conducted a wide range of security operations for the largest transit hub in the U.S. Central Command.

"I know you did a great job and everything I've heard about your work has been extremely positive," said Hokanson.

As part of their in processing, the Airmen gathered to take time to reflect on their mission with refreshments donated by local business and sponsored by the United Service Organizations (USO). This also gave Oregon National Guard Leaders a chance to spend some personal time and thank their troops in a less formal manner.

"It's just good to have you guys home and safe," said Col. Rick Wedan, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, as he took time to interact with unit members one-on-one.

Hearing stories from the Airmen about the extreme heat and temperatures in Qatar while they were deployed, Wedan joked about the conditions in his office over the last few months.

"A few times, I have complained about the air conditioning not working in my office during the summer, but I've got nothing on you guys," he said.

Airmen later had briefings from Family Programs, the base finance office, personnel, medical and others as they began the process of reintegration.

A formal demobilization ceremony is planned for later in October of this year.

Previous to this deployment, the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces supportedĀ Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.