55th FS ‘Shooters’ return from deployment
By Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 14, 2019
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- U.S. Airmen assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, as well as supporting units, returned from deployment April 30 - May 7.
More than 400 Airmen and approximately 20 F-16CM Vipers deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“The squadron is beyond proud and thankful for our Shooters taking the fight to the enemy,” said Lt. Col. Charles Fallon, 55th FS commander. “Our men and women put a lot on the line for their nation, showcasing their exemplary performance and skills downrange.”
After being deployed for more than six months, family members saw their loved ones depart their Viper or airliner respectively.
“Being back is by far the greatest feeling in the world,” said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Farland, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron electrical and environment systems technician. “Nothing quite describes this.”
After supporting the fight downrange, Airmen received downtime to be with their families, remaining ready to answer their nation’s call at a moment’s notice.