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1st ESPCS returns from deployment

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The family of a deployed Airman waits at the doors to welcome him back with the rest of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron as they return from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The family of a deployed Airman waits at the doors to welcome him back with the rest of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron as they return from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The family of a deployed Airman holds their signs while anxiously waiting for him to return with the other members of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron as they returned from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The family of a deployed Airman holds their signs while anxiously waiting for him to return with the other members of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron as they returned from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – One of the many signs held while waiting for a returning loved one lays discarded on the flightline while families are reunited as the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron return from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. The squadron’s operations provided around the clock protection to U.S. and allied satellite communication links. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – One of the many signs held while waiting for a returning loved one lays discarded on the flightline while families are reunited as the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron return from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. The squadron’s operations provided around the clock protection to U.S. and allied satellite communication links. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The children of Tech. Sgt. Russel Lundy, 76th Space Control Squadron, shed a few tears as they welcome him back with the rest of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron, which returned from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The children of Tech. Sgt. Russel Lundy, 76th Space Control Squadron, shed a few tears as they welcome him back with the rest of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron, which returned from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Brig. Gen. Kevin Wooton, director of communications and information at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, accepts the American flag that signifies “mission complete” from Maj. David Ransom, 4th Space Control Squadron operations officer (right), and welcomes back the members of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. The squadron’s operations provided around the clock protection to U.S. and allied satellite communication links. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Brig. Gen. Kevin Wooton, director of communications and information at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, accepts the American flag that signifies “mission complete” from Maj. David Ransom, 4th Space Control Squadron operations officer (right), and welcomes back the members of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. The squadron’s operations provided around the clock protection to U.S. and allied satellite communication links. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Family members anxiously await the arrival of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron as it returned from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. The squadron’s operations provided around the clock protection to U.S. and allied satellite communication links. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Family members anxiously await the arrival of the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron as it returned from southwest Asia Dec. 19, 2014. The squadron is a 21st Space Wing expeditionary unit that has been deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009 with the mission of providing space situational awareness and defensive space control operations in support of U.S. Central Command. The squadron’s operations provided around the clock protection to U.S. and allied satellite communication links. The homecoming marked the end of a successful five-year mission supported by more than 150 men and women of the 21st Space Wing, and was a testament to the vital role space operations play in providing global support to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rose Gudex)

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