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310 SFS Defenders arrive from deployment

Air Force Reserve Security Forces Airmen return home from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. A number of the Reservists, assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron, provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Security Forces Airmen return home from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. A number of the Reservists, assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron, provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Levi Milstead embraces his family after returning from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Milstead and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Levi Milstead embraces his family after returning from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Milstead and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Abram Archuleta returns home from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Archuleta and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron redeployed from the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan where they provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Abram Archuleta returns home from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Archuleta and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron redeployed from the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan where they provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Zachary Batch and his wife answer questions during an interview following his homecoming from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Batch and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Zachary Batch and his wife answer questions during an interview following his homecoming from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Batch and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Ronald Metherell receives a long awaited welcome from his wife during a homecoming from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Metherell and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Ronald Metherell receives a long awaited welcome from his wife during a homecoming from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Metherell and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Levi Milstead raises his son with excitement during a homecoming from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Milstead and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Levi Milstead raises his son with excitement during a homecoming from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Milstead and nearly 15 other AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

An Air Force Reserve Security Forces Airman is warmly greeted as he returns from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Nearly 15 AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron redeployed from the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan where they provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

An Air Force Reserve Security Forces Airman is warmly greeted as he returns from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. Nearly 15 AF Reservists assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron redeployed from the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan where they provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Family members show support for their Air Force Reserve Security Forces Airmen's return from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. A number of the Reservists, assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron, provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Family members show support for their Air Force Reserve Security Forces Airmen's return from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. A number of the Reservists, assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron, provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Security Forces Airmen return home from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. A number of the Reservists, assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron, provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Air Force Reserve Security Forces Airmen return home from Southwest Asia May 3, 2014, at the Colorado Spring Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. A number of the Reservists, assigned to the 310th Security Forces Squadron, provided integrated base defense, physical security and antiterrorism and force protection measures on behalf of U.S. and allied personnel at the Manas Transit Center in the Kyrgyz Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Streaming tears, grinning faces and a patriotic fervor greeted a contingent of 310th Security Forces Squadron members May 3, after a deployment at Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The nearly 15 Air Force Reservists, together with members of the Peterson Air Force Base-based 302nd Security Forces Squadron, arrived at the Colorado Springs Airport to family members and their fellow Citizen Airmen alike, something Senior Airman Levi Milstead didn't expect.

"It feels good to be back, I'm enjoying it," said Milstead while holding his infant son. "He's definitely grown, that's for sure. It just feels good to be back."

The Airmen were deployed to the Transit Center at Manas, located in the Kyrgyz Republic. While deployed, the Airmen provided for the location's integrated base defense systems. They also provided for the center's physical security as well as its antiterrorism and force protection measures.

The Transit Center is scheduled to close July , marking more than 12 years of operations in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As a lead up to their deployment, the Airmen attended Silver Flag Alpha, a specialized two-week security training course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The Airmen deployed Jan. 15, which was long enough for Alexis Stewart, the wife of Stewart.

"I'm excited (to have him back) obviously, but we all get into our routine and (his return has) been making me antsy," she said. "I just want to go home and relax and have him back in my life. He's the sweetest and most caring man I've ever met."

Milstead's father, retired Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Robert Milstead, said he and his family were also excited to have his son back.

"It's fantastic. We missed him," he said. "We were glad he got the opportunity to deploy, but we're just happy to have him back safe and sound. Once we get home, we've got ribs and shrimp gumbo for him. We're just proud that he wanted to follow in the family's footsteps about serving their country."
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