About 75 Soldiers of the Delaware Army National Guard's 238th Aviation Regiment will be welcomed home to Delaware from a combat tour in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day.


About 75 Soldiers of the Delaware Army National Guard's 238th Aviation Regiment will be welcomed home to Delaware from a combat tour in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day.

They are scheduled to be reunited with their families at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25 at the New Castle County Air Base.

The soldiers have served for 10 months in Afghanistan.  Skill sets include mechanics, flight crew members and pilots who fly and maintain Black Hawk Helicopters. For more than half of them, it is their second deployment (2004-2005). 

The soldiers were mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom last November and served approximately 12 months on active duty.  While deployed, the unit was responsible for flying personnel and equipment transport missions in the mountains of Afghanistan.

"We are thankful to have all our soldiers return home safe and sound from flying in some of the most treacherous terrain in the world," said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, adjutant general of Delaware National Guard. “I can't think of a more fitting Thanksgiving event.”

The Delaware National Guard is composed of 2,600 citizen-soldiers, and airmen, serving and living here in the Diamond State.  Approximately 80 percent of all Delaware National Guardsmen have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001.